What do you see as the high points of your five-year term?
Bittu: I played a vital role in connecting the birthplace of Sikh religion, Anandpur Sahib (Takht Keshgarh Sahib) to Takht Patna Sahib and Takht Hazur Sahib, Nanded, by a train link. Also, I got Mohali, a key town of my constituency, linked through rail to Amritsar. Most important of my achievements was the Tata memorial cancer hospital (Mullanpur), whose foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in December last year.
What had you wished to do as an MP but couldn’t? Why?
I am feeling bad that the drug prevention board set up by the Punjab government has not started functioning. The board was formed after my seven-day hunger strike. The board is yet to start functioning as not a single meeting has been held. My efforts for making water flow in the canal adjacent to Gurdwara Patalpuri Sahib (where ashes are immersed after cremation) at Kiratpur Sahib proved futile. The state government has dumped the matter as they don’t want a Congress MP to take credit.
Would you like to contest again, and why should the people re-elect you?
I am willing to contest 100%. The Congress gave me a chance five years ago and I have proved myself and kept my image clean. I have visited the entire state on foot.
How has been your experience in Parliament, which witnessed highest-ever number of disruptions and wasted hours?
There were a number of disruptions in the past five years. To some extent, these were acceptable with regard to the issue of creation of Telangana as a separate state. Young parliamentarians used to feel frustrated due to disruptions as all their preparations were reduced to naught.