As kids, we often wrote imaginative pieces on what would we do if we became the prime minister, in order to encourage debates and explore innovative ideas. Taking a cue from that practice and in the wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, HT asks Manjot Singh to list out their plans and priorities while imagining them to be in the shoes of an MP.
Who is your favourite politician, and why?
In this Lok Sabha election, my favourite politician is Arvind Kejriwal. The revolution he has brought in should be appreciated. Even when he was the CM of Delhi we had seen dedication and passion in him to make a change. He is committed to awakening the nation.
Which politician is most well-dressed?
Rahul Gandhi as he is simple and sober in his attire.
What would be your work timings as an MP?
If I were chosen an MP, it would be my duty to be available 24 hours, especially during an emergency. I would be there for people as part of my duty.
What would be your USP as an MP?
Rather than focusing on the upper strata my focus would be on the lower one. I would work for the poor and try my best to provide them a good livelihood. I have learnt from my elders – ‘Always look below if you want to rise in life’.
Would you want personal security?
Personal security is not a luxury, it is a necessity. We cannot trust everyone in society. People are jealous of others’ success, so if one has power, one has to be on his guard.
Which Bollywood actor would you rope in to campaign for you?
Roping in Bollywood celebrities is a mere attraction as they hardly know anything about politics. People fit best in their own professions. I am not in favour of spending much on paying a celebrity. I would rather donate that money to a needy.
Which car would you like to travel in as MP?
Jaguar and Range Rover, I love these two cars, so I would like to travel in them.
What would you wear if you became an MP?
I won’t wear khaki and white clothes, rather would wear chinos with formal shoes and vibrant turbans. I love wearing formal and informal clothes and would carry them well.
What would be your pitch to connect with the youth?
Living areas and housing societies do not have parks with swings and sports facilities for youngsters. I would pass the plan of a housing society only if it has playing area for children. To put an end to the youth committing suicide, I would make education easy and competitionfree so that the youth can be happy and stress-free.
How would you inspire the youth to go out and vote?
The youth would come forward now as they have NOTA to register their disappointment. We have the right to complain only if we vote and chose our leader. If we do not contribute in choosing the MP, then we shouldn’t complain.
What would be your slogan and symbol?
My slogan would be ‘Change aayega, hum laayenge’ (There will be a change and we will effect it). My symbol would be youth figures. There would be two women and two men holding hands, which would denote equality and unity.
Three issues/changes you would like to raise in Parliament.
I would try to end disparity. The poor are very poor and the rich very rich. It is high time the authorities and the rich people came forward to remove the disparity. I would ensure everyone gets roti, kapada aur makaan. I would meet the basic needs of the common man by checking the price rise. I would make primary education compulsory for the poor. I would rehabilitate the homeless and increase the number of old-age and destitute homes besides orphanages and provide them good facilities. I would dream of a nation where no one sleeps on the road.