What are the high points of your five-year term?
Bansal: It’s development. There is expansion and widening of the road network, new additions in PGI, eight new schools and the plan outlay trebled. No constituency got more trains in one year. Chandigarh will be the first slum-free city in the country. The city, along with Nagpur, is being developed as a model solar city. The idea of the IT Park was mine, but the shape it took was not what I wanted. I wanted 10 bay shops in a line. The way they were expanding was mindless. The third phase was a fraud; it was real-estate development in the name of the IT Park.
One thing you wished to do as an MP, but couldn’t?
Need to take care of general housing needs. People earning good salaries can’t buy a house in the city. The Housing Board remained busy with other things. We couldn’t push it. Bahut kum ban paye hain (very few houses have been built).
Why should the people re-elect you?
I am confident. I can go to the people with confidence that I have represented them well and sincerely.
Hasn’t the railway scandal dented your image?
I became a victim of circumstances and the media permitted itself to be beguiled by local BJP leaders. The environment is such that people are willing to believe any allegation. Kehte hain shayad theek hoga (they say it could be true). I knew there was nothing that I was involved in. We rush to pass judgment on presumptive guilt without waiting for processes to complete. There is no case against me. And, it has not dented my image. On the contrary, I think I have earned public sympathy.
What about voices of dissent in the Congress?
I have the support of the entire Congress here.
There is talk that some ministers, former and present, are eyeing the seat.
That’s for you to investigate. And, to eye the seat is these ministers’ legiti-mate right.