What do you see as the high points of your five-year term?
Rajan Sushant: My biggest achievement is that I have made my voters understand what an MP can do for the public. I have travelled across all 17 assembly segments of my constituency, covering all panchayats not once but dozens of times. I am the first MP to visit remote villages in Chhota Bhangal area.
What’s that you had wished to do as an MP but couldn’t?
I wanted to bring a mega tourism project for my parliamentary constituency, which would have gone a long way in creating employment opportunities for the youth of the region (Kangra and Chamba). I repeatedly raised the issue in the Lok Sabha and also held discussions with the Centre. But it was my own party that scuttled my dream project. Even when the BJP was in power in the state, it didn’t submit a proposal to the Centre.
Would you like to contest again? Why should the people re-elect you?
Yes, definitely. I have worked with sincerity and honesty for the welfare of my voters. I met people to know their problems. I stood by them during their ups and downs. Besides, I made their voice heard in Parliament for the first time and raised their issues effectively. I hope that people will take into account my efforts for their welfare.
How has been your experience in Parliament, which witnessed highest-ever number of disruptions and wasted hours?
The system needs a complete overhaul. Most of the times, it’s not a public issue but an ego clash between parties that results in unruly scenes in Parliament. Real issues get buried under this clash. It pains me that the members don’t understand the value of time. When we want to raise issues, others create disturbance because their egos are more important to them.