As children, we often wrote imaginative pieces on what we would do if we became the MP. Those pieces encouraged debates and offered an opportunity to explore innovative ideas. Taking a cue from that practice and in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections, HT asks celebrities of the region to list out their plans and priorities while imagining themselves to be in the shoes of a member of Parliament.
Who is your favourite politician, and why?
Kirron Kher, the BJP candidate from Chandigarh, is my favourite. I have spent time with her on the sets of the television show India’s Got Talent. Woman leaders are more sensitive and come forward to help and advise people.
Which politician do you think is most well-dressed?
Navjot Singh Sidhu. From his turban to his shoes, everything he wears is fantastic.
What would your work timings be, as an MP?
I would sleep for seven hours and spend my remaining time in serving people who would have voted for me.
Would you want personal security?
No, I would turn my enemies into friends with my humour, so I doubt that I would need security
Which Bollywood actor would you rope in to campaign for you?
Akshay Kumar. He is fit and leads a healthy lifestyle. He can be a role model for our politicians, especially because our nation needs a healthy leader.
What will you wear if you became an MP?
A suit with a Patiala salwar; I will look graceful in it.
Which car would you like to travel in as MP?
I own an Audi Q5. But, as a politician, I would prefer a limousine (limo). My party members and I would be able to work and discuss in the car itself and save time.
What will be your pitch to connect with the youth?
My symbol would be a smile; through that, I would bring smiles on the faces of our youth and also provide quality education and employment.
How would you inspire the youth to go out and vote?
Being in my youth, I would naturally attract those in my age group to vote too. Everyone should vote and choose the right leader.
What will be your slogan?
Life ik baar mildi hai, changey kam karo te maade chhaddo (Everybody gets to live only once, do good deeds, avoid bad ones).
Three issues that you would like to raise in Parliament.
I will introduce 24-hour public transport and make it safe for women. I will provide affordable food at government-run eateries. Third, I would pass strict laws for those who don’t respect their parents and believe in making them homeless.