What do you see as the high point of your five-year term?
Rao Inderjit: The setting up of the country’s first defence university — Indian National Defence University (INDU) at Binola village in Gurgaon — was a matter of great satisfaction. I had made a lot of efforts to get INDU in Gurgaon. Getting rail linkages between Gurgaon-Nuh-Ferozepur Jhirka and Ferozepur Jhirka-Alwar was also a tremendous achievement. Ensuring that the dedicated freight corridor passes through Haryana was another high point.
What’s that which had wished to do as MP but couldn’t? And why?
I wanted that a Gurgaon Development Authority be set up. But it never happened despite the fact that the Haryana chief minister had even constituted a committee to look into the matter. Even the preliminary report of that committee has not been prepared so far. This shows the intent of the state government. Also, I tried hard to stall the acquisition of land or grant of change of land use (CLU) permissions by using the Gurgaon development plan as a tool. I did not achieve much success as vested interests were at work. However, the high court has intervened in the matter.
Would you like to contest again, and why should people re-elect you?
I would certainly like to contest again because I have a lot of unfinished business to do. Exploitation of farmers needs to be stopped, Gurgaon should become the showpiece of Haryana and have infrastructure which matches its revenue output.
How has been your experience in Parliament that witnessed highest number of disruptions and wasted hours?
This term was disastrous. There was no discipline in Parliament. Both the treasury benches and the opposition showed unruliness. It was a complete waste of time. One could not speak in the House despite planning to raise issues of public interest.