As kids, we often wrote imaginative pieces on what would we do if we became the prime minister. Those pieces encouraged debates and offered an opportunity to explore innovative ideas. Taking a cue from that practice and in the wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha election, HT asks prominent celebrities to list out their plans and priorities while imagining themselves to be in the shoes of an MP.
Who is your favourite politician, and why?
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He has served two terms as PM and there have been no allegations against him. His party and its members have been witnessing people pointing fingers at them, but not at him. He is an intellectual with a clean record.
Which politician do you think is most well-dressed?
In the past, I loved the way former President Giani Zail Singh used to carry himself. In today’s era, if I have to choose a politician with a good dressing sense, it will be Sukhbir Badal in formals.
What would be your work timings as an MP?
If as an actor, I don’t bother about time while working; even when I am a politician, time wouldn’t be the priority, work would be.
What would be your USP as MP?
I would be easily approachable round the clock. I would be there at the disposal of the common man who votes for me.
Which Bollywood actor would you rope in to campaign for you?
Akshay Kumar. He knows me so well that even in my absence he can make promises on my behalf.
What will you wear if you became an MP?
I would wear off-beat dresses. I would often be seen in casuals with shirts and jeans and colourful turbans so that I look like others in the public who look up to me. On special occasions, I would prefer formals to kurta-pyjama.
Which car would you like to travel in as MP?
What will be your pitch to connect with the youth?
To connect with the youth, one needs to win their trust and then lecture them through seminars and workshops on etiquettes which they miss badly. I would teach them that there is a thin line between being discourteous and having self-respect. I would also connect with them through the social media.
How would you inspire the youth to go out and vote?
A politician just needs to be truthful to his work. My work should speak for itself. The track record I have should be able to make them vote.
What will be your slogan?
As an MP of Punjab, my slogan would be ‘Aao purana Punjab dubaara vasaiye’ (Come, let’s get united and rebuild the original prosperous Punjab).
Three issues you will like to raise in Parliament.
I would get a balanced approach in the education system where the youth will know about every regional unsung hero who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
Second, I would take food adulteration seriously. People are taking in poison in the form of food and dying. The right to healthy food will be brought back. Third, defence personnel deserve much better status in society.
I would bring their respect back so that they don’t face embarrassment after retirement and get everything they deserve.