Udhampur member of Parliamet Lal Singh says the high point of his tenure has been the sanctioning of several projects.
What are the high points of your five-year term?
I got many projects sanctioned. A suspension bridge worth Rs 150 crore was built in Basholi, and the tourist circuit from Basholi to Kashmir will become functional soon. Many tourism development authorities were set up too. A huge network of roads and medical colleges were sanctioned for Kathua and Doda.
What is one thing which you wished to do but couldn’t?
I couldn’t get Jammu University campus in Kathua started at the level at which it should have been; but that was mainly because of the lack of concern of the state government. A Kendriya Vidyalaya couldn’t be started in Kathua — the reason, again, was non-cooperation of the state government and some vested interests. The important regret is that I could not become a central minister.
Would you like to contest the election again, and why should people re-elect you?
I am definitely a candidate this time too. People don’t like politicians who get hefty salaries as government employees and remain cut off from the public.
How has been your experience as an MP in the 15th Lok Sabha?
Politics is a serious profession. Now, we have many politicians who are more connected to the internet than with the common man. Such immature politicians have not helped the cause of democracy.