Com­plet­ing projects is my pri­or­ity

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Htpunjab -

Your de­trac­tors brand you an out­sider. Why do you want to con­test from Gur­daspur again?

No MP has spent as much time I have in Gur­daspur. I would want to com­plete the projects I started. So much more re­mains to be done. Peo­ple of Gur­daspur have ac­cepted me with open arms, which is very sat­is­fy­ing.

You got less than 2 years. Will de­vel­op­ment be a poll plank?

Yes, I was short on time. Though nearly ₹12 crore from my MPLAD funds have been re­leased, the projects will take time to come up. The sugar mill at Pa­niar will be up­graded, and the bot­tling plant at Batala will be op­er­a­tional by Fe­bru­ary. Land for a med­i­cal col­lege at Gur­daspur is be­ing iden­ti­fied. Qa­dian has got a sewage treat­ment plant, Fate­hgarh Churian a waste dis­posal plant and Gur­daspur and Pathankot funds for streets and parks. I en­sured ev­ery assem­bly seg­ment got a share.

Your ri­vals say the state regime has been gen­er­ous to­wards you. Was be­ing state party chief a chal­lenge or a boon?

Be­ing party’s state chief, I have been able to take MLAS along. And the CM has been re­cep­tive to my de­mands. But it is Gur­daspur that will get bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture and jobs. So who gains?

What do you count as your big­gest achieve­ment in House?

Cut­ting across party lines, we mo­bilised all Pun­jab MPS to raise the is­sue of abol­ish­ing GST on lan­gar. The AAP too joined us in the House to flag state’s is­sues.

Most pre­fer be­ing in state pol­i­tics. What is your take?

Un­like most lead­ers, I am in­ter­ested in be­ing in cen­tral pol­i­tics. I was even re­luc­tant to join pol­i­tics and was pur­su­ing an MBA in mar­ket­ing. But des­tiny had other plans.

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