With only five days left for the polling, HT caught up with AAP’s Rohtak nominee Naveen Jaihind’s spouse, Swati, to get an idea about her take on Rohtak’s politics. Swati is the most active spouse of all contenders in the campaigning. A qualified engineer, Swati, 29, got married to Naveen last year just after rookie party came into existence. Excerpts:
HT: How long have you been campaigning for Naveen and what kind of response your party is getting?
Swati: I am active with my team members for over a month at the ground zero. We are getting overwhelming response from people in urban as well as rural areas.
Do you really think, Naveen is in contest against nominees of established political parties from here?
Before coming here, I too had my apprehensions, but my perception changed after I met people during campaigning. Naveen, not because he is my husband, but as a AAP candidate certainly stands a good chance given the disgust against system among the people.
But Congress claims Rohtak has undergone a sea change in development being the home turf of Haryana CM.
Comparatively, our activists are more passionate and doing their duty for the cause and purpose. It may sound a bit exaggerating, but people here are outpouring so much love that they snatch our skull caps from our volunteers.
What issues are taking central place in the LS poll?
A strong law against corruption, land acquisition issues, equal employment opportunities and anger against dispensation on ineffective system to deal with public issues.
What challenges do you think your party has?
We are short of funds but we are managing. I think there is a fight between AAP and Congress, BJP is nowhere in race. Congress is more fearful of us, as AAP presence in political fray has the potential to upset their calculations on the basis of caste and expected vote share.
So, how did you plug the holes on shortage of funds?
The idea of roping in Kejriwal’s wagonR car for Naveen to catch the imagination of voters is the result of doing more in little resources. Kejriwal was kind enough to spare his iconic car for my husband.