‘I will live and die for Karnal. No question of opting for any other seat’

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  • Updated: Feb 25, 2014 00:44 IST

What was the high point of your five-year term?
The approval of the Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College in Karnal, a project I was pursuing since long. The medical facility will benefit people of north Haryana and adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh.
And the low point?
There has been no occasion when my reputation was lowered in public life.
What’s that you had wished to do as an MP but couldn’t? And why?
I have repeatedly raised the issue of a separate ministry for the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure budgetary allocation for the area. It may take time to frame a new policy and I will continue to fight for it.
You have several opponents within the party, including Ganaur MLA Kuldeep Sharma, who consider you an outsider in Karnal?
I have no political enmity with anyone. I have been residing in Karnal for more than 10 years and it is illogical to label me an outsider.

Would you like to contest again, and why should the people re-elect you?
I will live and die for Karnal and there is no question of opting for any other constituency. My sincere efforts in bringing major projects, such as an airport and medical college, to Karnal and expansion of the Indian Oil refinery projects in Panipat have ensured development in the area.
How has been your experience in Parliament that saw highest-ever number of disruptions and wasted hours?
It is really unfortunate that even as several important bills, including anti-corruption and women’s reservation, were scheduled to be discussed and passed, the Opposition made all-out efforts to paralyse the House proceedings.


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