Peo­ple will elect me for my ded­i­ca­tion

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB -

What were the high points of your five-year term?

Only a few MPs, per­haps none, dis­trib­uted the MPLAD fund as trans­par­ently ear­lier as I have done in my con­stituency. The en­tire amount of ₹25 crore stands dis­trib­uted. If you visit Fate­hgarh Korotana vil­lage in Moga, which I adopted as MP, you will see how well the funds have been utilised. School ed­u­ca­tion and health­care have been my pri­or­i­ties.

One thing you wished to do as an MP, but couldn’t? Why?

I wanted to adopt two more vil­lages, but could not be­cause of the vi­cious po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence and lethar­gic at­ti­tude of the state ad­min­is­tra­tive ma­chin­ery.

Why should the peo­ple re-elect you?

I wish the peo­ple elect their rep­re­sen­ta­tive (in Lok Sabha) on the ba­sis of his or her trans­parency and ded­i­ca­tion.

How was your ex­pe­ri­ence in Par­lia­ment?

Par­lia­ment is a po­lit­i­cal work­shop of those who have the ma­jor­ity. The leg­is­la­tions passed there pro­tect their in­ter­ests, but usu­ally ig­nore the wel­fare of a ma­jor­ity of com­mon peo­ple who form the na­tion as a whole.

Have you ever wished to sit in the Pun­jab as­sem­bly and work as part of the state govern­ment?

As it has na­tional stature and its mem­ber can par­tic­i­pate in vast and larger de­lib­er­a­tions, I wish to re­turn to the Lok Sabha. If my party as­signs me some other duty, I will do it will­ingly.

What will be the im­pact of the break­away fac­tion on AAP’s poll per­for­mance?

They (rebels) are party-less in­di­vid­u­als hav­ing no con­sti­tu­tional recog­ni­tion. They will grad­u­ally fade away.

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