City Express shoots six election-related questions to distinguished Bangaloreans
Personally, which Lok Sabha election has been your most memorable so far? Why?
I don’t think anything about elections is memorable, so I have not given much thought to any of the previous elections.
Which election, in your view, has provided the biggest turning point in the history of India?
I can’t really put my finger on any particular elections. Parties and politicians show their true colours once the elections are over. It’s time to weigh how much each of them have delivered over how much they haven’t. Elections shouldn’t be a one-day celebration.
What issues would you want the three MPs from Bangalore to address?
My request to all the MPs: Please stop commenting about each other and work for the development of the city. Keep your promises. At the end of the day, all politicians are friends. Then, why show a different picture to the public? To play on people’s trust. Politicians whose work reflects their promises need not really campaign; they will automatically become popular.
Do you think the Congress, BJP, JD(S) and AAP have chosen their Bangalore candidates well?
The present scene is too confusing -- too many parties, too many leaders. But I would like to say something -- people should be discerning when the cast their vote. As voters, we should select one particular party, give them five years. If they don’t deliver, then people can vote for another party the next time around. And when I say this, I mean that people should discuss and come to a consensus as a group on which party to vote for. That way, a single party can get a majority. Avoid to elect people who just preach and don’t deliver the job. Vote for candidates who serve people.
Youngsters should be given a chance to lead. Since they keep roaming from one corner of the city to another, they understand difficulties. Vote for candidates who understand people’s difficulties. That will also bring changes among us.
Have you ever considered contesting elections? Which politicians do you know personally, and what do you think of their prospects?
Personally, neither my husband nor I ever thought of contesting. As celebrities, it’s true we’re popular, but politics is not the right place for artiste like us. Since we need everybody, we can’t stand for some particular sector of people or party. But we will support politicians who serve people well.
What do you foresee in Delhi after the vote count on May 16?
I only hope that the right party comes to power at the centre, a party which can erase corruption. Anyway, the government collects a lot of taxes from the public, which can be used for various works, but right now there’s no awareness of where the public money is going. I hope see some sincere work from the next government.
(As told to A Sharadhaa)