What do you see as the high points of your term?
Bishnoi: Compared to Haryana’s other MPs (who all belong to the Congress), I did not get the support of the state government due to obvious reasons. My term was less than three years long, but I still raised the voice of my people inside as well as outside Parliament. I led protests against inflation, ‘lopsided’ development and favouritism in recruitment in the state. Despite non-cooperation from the state machinery, I got installed CCTV cameras in all major markets of Hisar parliamentary constituency, which helped to curb the crime rate. Electrification was done in several dhanis (hamlets). I also spent a portion of my MPLAD fund on covering manholes, road repairs and other civic projects.
What’s that you had wished to do as an MP but couldn’t?
A lot of plans remained unfulfilled. I wanted that Hisar, Bhiwani and Karnal be declared industrially backward districts, which would have paved the way for industrialisation and generated jobs for unemployed people. I wanted the sewerage system overhauled, besides better water and electricity facilities for the people of my constituency.
Would you like to contest again. Why should people re-elect you?
I would love to contest again. People should re-elect me because of my clean record and commitment towards serving them.
People allege that you remain inaccessible to the electorate and are not available even on the phone.
This is not true. It is a rumour spread by my rivals. If the electorate finds me inaccessible at times, it is due to the fact that I am the lone leader of my party who has to meet all commitments single-handedly, whether it is holding public meetings or addressing the media.
You are known for playing non-Jat politics.
I don’t believe in caste-based politics. My father (Bhajan Lal) did no discrimination in giving jobs to any caste, be it Bishnois or Jats. Had there been any bias, Jat voters, who account for about 40% of my electorate, would neither have voted for my father nor for me.