The round of voting got over in the city with just close to 44 per cent people casting their votes. But Rajev Paul, who’s back to the city after campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for a political party, has hopes.
Not only does he wish to campaign in other territories where the voting rounds haven’t been conducted, he also wants to contest Parliamentary elections five years down the line. “I wish the elected government completes its term. After five years, I will be in a better position to contest elections. I’ve garnered political dreams for many years but I never voiced them.. especially not in the last one year because I didn’t want people to perceive my ambitions to be a publicity gimmick,” he says.
The actor, who returns to TV with Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari as Madan, feels that the low turnout at the poll booths this year was because of the lack of focus.
He believes that people, who once came together for a peace march after the 26/11 incident, want to choose their Prime Minister on the basis of whether their local administrative bodies function well or not.
He says, “You can’t choose a leader after observing whether your locality ka kachra is cleared. And there are so many parties which contest elections.. a sign that democracy exists.”
He believes that courtesy the changing alignments and coalitions, one doesn’t know whom to cast a vote for. “Sadly people know they want to vote.. there were so many debutant voters this time, but they don’t know who is siding whom since too many power centers have emerged, and who will finally become their leader,” adds.
Paul also agrees that the line, ‘Kya is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta?’, Karan Johar used in his voting campaign, is the state of the mind of most common people.
“I’ve interacted with voters in the interiors and the cities in UP. It’s very disheartening to see the way people have lost hope on the country’s political system, the leadership. They look down upon politicians. They think getting into politics is either for publicity, money or simply because kisi ko apne haath gande karne hain,” states Paul.
He suggests that if more people like Mallika Sarabhai step into politics, who are aware of their rights, know their area of interest and are financially well off, they can do wonders to the existing parties.
“Also, if there are fewer parties contesting on the top, it’s easier to identify the candidate you want as your PM. Otherwise, who wants to see irritating and noisy political rallies all over the city?” Paul iterates.
While politics dominates his mind, Paul has turned a poet too. His poetries on myriad subjects on his facebook space have been getting thumbs up from many.
When quizzed about this, he says that he has been writing for years now. “Once, a friend of mine chanced upon a poetry which I had written. She told me to put all my poetries together in one place so they could be published. I didn’t take it too seriously then, but now when I see the reactions on Facebook, I do,” he says.
One of Paul’s three poems, which is about Mumbai, got a thumbs up from director Farhan Akhtar. Paul excitedly says, “That was such a surprise. It comes from someone who is the son of one of the most respected lyricists. I wish one day, Javed saab would read a poem of mine and say, “It’s nice.” It will make my day, really.”