Sirish Bharadwaj, who shot into limelight when he married Srija, daughter of Union minister of state for tourism K Chiranjeevi a few years ago, joined the BJP on Friday. Soon after the event, he spoke with Express and shared his views on a host of issues concerning himself, his family and politics.
Why have you chosen BJP, which has no strong base outside Hyderabad, to start your political career?
I wanted to join the BJP because it is a national party. I agree that the BJP is weak outside Hyderabad but I see a bright future for it.
What are your political ambitions?
I will play a key role in active politics.
Do you aspire to any post in the party?
No. I would like to work for the party as an ordinary worker.
Why did the BJP state committee not allow you to join the party at its state office?
The state committee was holding some meetings in that office and therefore asked me to join the party at its city office.
BJP demands a fair deal for the fairer sex. But you are facing charges of dowry harassment.
I do not want to react to those charges as the matter is sub judice.
It was reported in a section of the media that you were all set to join the YSR Congress. Why did you suddenly change your decision?
That was only media speculation. Two years back I met Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to seek his blessings on birthday. I have good relations with Jagan. I have good relations with other political leaders also.
If you have good relations with Jagan, why didn’t you join his party?
I did not think of joining the YSRC because it is a regional party.
You have differences with your father-in-law Chiranjeevi. Do you think that by joining the BJP, you will get political shelter?
I don’t want any political shelter. I want to play an active role in politics to become a mature politician. Only the BJP can show the right direction to our youth.
Do you want to take political revenge against your father-in-law?
He is the grandfather of my daughter. How can I take revenge against him? My daughter is with him.
What do you think of Chiranjeevi’s politics?
He is playing a key role in national politics and he has raised his political status when compared to other political leaders.