As kids, we often wrote imaginative pieces on what would do if we became the prime minister. Taking a cue from that practice and in view of the Lok Sabha elections, HT asks celebrities to list out their plans and priorities while imagining themselves in the shoes of an MP.
Who is your favourite politician, and why?
Naming one would not be fair. Politicians who do good deeds and prove themselves are the ones I like.
Which politician is the most well-dressed?
Members of the Scindia family are the most welldressed and carry themselves the best.
What would your work timmings be as an MP?
If I am chosen to serve the people of the nation, I shouldn’t be bound by the barriers of time. A public servant should be available to the public all the time.
Would you want personal security?
The security cover I would have won’t be visible. People won’t be troubled with the VIP culture and that would make me approachable. My security guards would stand at a distance in plain clothes. Security should be a necessity, not a status symbol.
What would be your USP as an MP?
I am not scared of speaking the truth. I would be bold enough to stand up against injustice to the common man. Even as an MP, I would remain straightforward, ‘bindaas’ (carefree), bold and will work as per my principles. Even if I become a noted leader, I won’t forget to remain grounded as that would be my real achievement.
Which Bollywood actor would you rope in to campaign for you?
Why rope in Bollywood celebs? Even if I am from the industry, I know Bollywood is just a source of entertainment. Why should they be part of campaigns? I would rope in real achievers of the country who have done something big and fruitful.
What will you wear as an MP?
I would dress like a Hindustani. I would make sure that my clothes are youthful and colorful. A politician’s attire shouldn’t create a barrier with the public; rather, it should encourage closeness.
Which car would you like to travel in as an MP?
I would like to travel in a comfortable Innova, but the first thing I would do is to remove the red beacon on my car. It would be used only in an emergency situation. As an MP, I would never cause traffic jams and inconvenience to the public.
What will be your pitch to connect with youth?
Only the youth of the nation can make a difference. If the nation has to progress in the real sense, the MPs should ensure that the youth get best facilities and education, even in government schools. Why is there such a huge difference in the government and private sectors in the field of education? Make them happy and they will connect with the system.
How would you inspire the youth to go out and vote?
I would try to be a leader who restores their faith in the political system. Performing well and giving them the best facilities is the way to inspire them to vote and believe in the system.
What will be your slogan?
‘Youngistan, break all shackles, step forward to make the nation stronger.’
What would be your symbol?
My symbol could be the pen, the rain, the rays of the sun. It would be anything which would reach out to everyone and enlighten the nation.
Issues you would like to raise in Parliament.
There is a huge disparity between the government and private sectors. I would try to remove that by improving government schools, banks, airports, railway stations etc. I would try to control inflation and also advise the rich people of the nation to help the poor through donations.