As kids, we often wrote imaginative pieces on what would we do if we became the prime minister to encourage debates and explore innovative ideas. Taking a cue from that practice and in the wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha election, HT asks celebrities to list out their plans and priorities while imagining themselves in the shoes of an MP.
What would be your USP as an MP?
Being a celebrity, I keep going back to my hometown Moga so that I know the problems of the people there. My USP would be not to forget my roots. Thus by being grounded I would be able to connect better with people and their problems and address them easily.
Who is your favourite politician, and why?
No politician has really inspired me, so I cannot name anyone. Like other people, even I have lost faith in them as there has hardly been a politician who has done wonders. If anyone actually works for the country and stands by every word he says, he would be my favourite.
Who is the most well-dressed politician?
The young brigade is good. Of them Sachin Pilot, the Congress MP from Ajmer, is the most well-dressed.
What would you wear if you became an MP?
For me, kurta-pyjama wouldn’t be an everyday attire; I would try jeans with coloured shirts. I wouldn’t mind dressing up like President Barack Obama by sporting a black jacket.
What would your work timings be?
I am a morning person, so would be readily available in early morning and would be accessible to the common man the entire day.
What would be your pitch to connect with the youth?
Today, the youth wants young and energetic politicians who can connect with them and can run around to know the real issues affecting them and the common man. Thus, I would be their ray of hope as by interacting with them I would sort out the issues affecting them, and with my good work would win back their trust. Building trust with the youth by doing good work would be my priority.
How would you inspire the youth to go out and vote?
I would advise the youth that if we bring the right person in power, then only things would change, which could be done only if we vote.
Would you want personal security?
Yes, for safety one needs security. On the other hand, I know if my work speaks for me and people love me that would be my security.
Which Bollywood actor would you rope in to campaign for you?
Voter today is quite intelligent. Film actors can attract people but cannot force them to vote for a particular candidate. The voter today doesn’t get swayed by these things, he wants a real change.
Which car would you like to travel in?
I won’t roam around in an Ambassador just to conceal myself from public. I travel in a Porsche, so even as an MP, if I could afford a Porsche, I would travel in that.
What would be your slogan and symbol?
My slogan would be ‘Think from your heart and vote who you want’. My symbol would be a dumbbell which would make the readers laugh.
Three issues you would like to raise in Parliament.
Punjab youth has lost its track. It is important to save Punjab’s future generation from drug abuse. Power cuts are a big issue in Punjab; I would make sure everyone gets electricity, especially in this scorching heart. Roads in the state are in a bad shape. I would give good roads to people. Not only the main roads but the inner roads would also be developed.
Education would be given free of cost to the rural youth that would generate employment opportunities for them.