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What do you expect from the new government? Celebs have their say

Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 17, 2014
First Published: 10:59 IST(17/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:11 IST(17/5/2014)

Celebs, like the rest of us, have expectations of the new government. Stars from lifestyle and entertainment tell us what, according to them, should be the topmost priority of the nayi sarkar...

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Bollywood brigade

Ranveer Singh, actor
As an artiste, I would like more freedom of expression. I would like to see fewer sanctions on creative people. I’d like people to have more of a free voice when it comes to art. I am sure that with so many talented people around, we will do wonders if we have more creative freedom.

Akshay Kumar, actor
This government’s first priority must be to ensure equality for children. It’s not a child’s fault to be born in an underpriviledged family. The least we can do is give them the same platform as ­others.

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Bipasha Basu, actor
The top priority is to control price rise of commodities. And then empower women and provide safety for them, development of health and sanitation measures, provide electricity and education for rural areas.

Abhay Deol, actor
The new government should live up to the Indian constitution and provide a safe, secular, equal opportunity environment for all its citizens, whether left, right or centre!

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Imran Khan, actor
Some of the major talking points by all the parties have been honesty, corruption and accountability. And these three have been the major topics of every speech. I hope whoever comes into power actually walks the talk and not have these as mere campaign tools. I hope they say that, 'Yes, we’re in power and we will hold ourselves accountable. Yes, we will deliver and live up to the promises that we’ve made.'

Mohit Suri, director
Although there are many things that the new government should take care of, one thing that should be given immediate attention is corruption. Corruption bothers me the most. We seem to have inherited corruption in us. It has damaged our country in a big way and it should be controlled, if not wiped out completely.


Musical note

Shankar Mahadevan, singer
The one thing that I want the new ­government to do as soon as they come to power is to do ­something to eliminate hunger, ­especially for children.

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Sonu Nigam, singer
Like every Indian, I want the government to be honest. There’s corruption, but no one does anything. There’s no accountability. They ought to be accountable and transparent.

Shalmali Kholgade, singer
To formulate a policy that defines and produces an appropriate measure against corruption of any kind should be the government’s top priority. Second, labour of every kind must be respected. Third, I think English should be taught compulsorily to every citizen. As a universally understood platform of communication, that will open the doors to bigger and better things.

TV stars

Barun Sobti, TV star
My expectations from the next government are a lot but most importantly they should be able to ­handle our population and corruption issues firmly.

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Sanaya Irani,  TV Actor
We pay so much tax but I don’t know where it goes, so I wish they eradicate corruption ... they need to clean themselves first before they start governing.

Fashion frat

Manish Malhotra, designer
The first thing should be cleanliness. India is so stong in heritage, and we should clean up our roads and walking paths so that some more civic sense ­prevails in the country.

Rina Dhaka, designer
The muck of proposing and opposing has to stop. Action speaks louder than words. Fulfil the basic needs of citizens, rather than indulge in futile debates and politics.

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Rohit Bal, designer
Economic stability and modernisation. A liberal policy that ­transcends all
socio- economic barriers and makes India a part of modern Global progressive world !

JJ Valaya, designer
Please bring the image of India back on track on an international level. Going back and forth on foreign ­policies has made India look unstable and non-dependable.

Sportstars

Saina Nehwal, ­badminton player
Horrific incidents like the Delhi or Mumbai gang rape have shattered me a lot. So, I do hope that the government that comes to power should take steps towards ensuring women’s security.

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Vijender Singh, boxer
This sarkar must remove politics from sporting bodies. Be it BCCI, IOA or even the Indian Boxing Federation, the government has to put in sports­persons as the incharge instead of politicians.


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