Congress has shot itself in the head: Rao Inderjit
In an interview with HT's Siddhartha Rai, Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit talks about the 'modi wave', the factors that played in his favour in the recently concluded Lok Sabha Polls and much more.chandigarh Updated: May 19, 2014 14:26 IST
What is your first reaction to your stupendous victory in Gurgaon?
The huge margin with which I, along with the rest of my compatriots in Haryana, have won was expected; however, it’s not that we were complacent. Also, the Congress has got what it deserved — a perfect drubbing. It has shot itself in the head.
Do you consider this victory yours, the citizens’ or Modi’s and the BJP’s?
I think it’s a cumulative effort. The atmosphere in the country has been gripped by anti-Congress sentiments which had been building up for quite some time. All these factors were forged into a transformative force by Narendra Modi.
Now that you have been elected for the third consecutive time, what will be your priorities here?
First, I would like the infrastructure in Gurgaon to be beefed up; the Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA) has to be put in place so that flow of funds and fast decision-making becomes a reality; then, I want the dedicated western corridor to be completed as soon as possible so that pressure on NH-8 is eased; the expressway to Jaipur must be completed post haste and the defence university has to come up soon.
It has been alleged that you become active only during elections.
I went to my electorate with an idea — that of change. I was the first to ask for the Rapid Metro when Jaipal Reddy came to inaugurate the Huda City Centre Metro station. The GDA that I have been fighting for will benefit the people. I have attended the people’s programmes whenever invited. I have raised my voice for multi-level parking and extension of the Metro. I have always been meeting the RWA functionaries. I was the first to raise the demand that external development charges levied on the people by builders be spent on their welfare and not in other parts of Haryana.
Why didn’t you do all that you promised during these elections while you were an MP for the past two terms?
I have always worked for the people of Gurgaon. I left the Congress precisely because the people of Gurgaon have been denied the fruits of what they contribute to the state coffers. The Hooda government always scuttled my plans for a positive change here as it had to siphon off all the revenue to the chief minister’s chosen parts of the state. I think it is more important for a leader to raise the voice of the people being their representative.
Now that the BJP has taken the country by a storm and Haryana has given seven seats to the party, do you think the BJP can come to power in the upcoming assembly elections?I would like to strengthen the BJP organisation in Haryana. Personally speaking, I think these results and the Modi wave is an excellent opportunity to put BJP on its feet here. It has not been active in Haryana for the past 40 years, but now we have the opportunity to make it into a force to reckon with in Haryana.