As kids, we often wrote essays on what we would do if we became political leaders. Taking a cue, HT asks celebrities to list out their plans, imagining themselves in the shoes of an MP.
Who is your favourite politician, and why?
Being an athlete, I think nobody has delivered in the field of sport; so for me, I have no favourites.
Which politician is the most well-dressed?
I think Omar Abdullah is the most well-dressed politician of India.
What would your work timings be as an MP?
The entire India works 9 to 5, so those will be my working hours as well.
Would you want personal security as an MP?
Personal security is not a choice for an MP or a politician. When somebody represents a large population, it is not his or her decision if he or she would want to be safe or not. These are strings attached to being an MP.
What would be your USP?
I think I would represent the youth of this country truly. I am hardworking and dedicated, and I strive for my goals being a sportsperson. I will put country first always.
What will you wear as an MP?
Sari looks good on woman politicians. It is versatile attire. There is a sari for every occasion and mood.
Which car would you like to travel in as MP?
I don’t think the car makes any difference.
What will be your pitch to connect with the youth?
I would use sport to connect with the people, because only that goes beyond the caste and religion. I’d organise the local-area games to take my message to the youth.
How would you inspire the youth to go out and vote?
I’d get the government to give the youth who vote some sort of a tax rebate in the voting year. In our country, we like saving every small amount, so this concession can be a very motivating.
What will be your election slogan and symbol?
My slogan will be “India deserves better” and my symbol will be “star”, because I want India to shine.
Three issues that you would like to raise?
I’d ask for three laws: to control population, manage waste, and make the justice system faster.