After being relieved of a post of a All India Congress Committee secretary and afterwards dogmatic that she would not competition a Lok Sabha elections, Congress’s North Central claimant Priya Dutt did a U-turn and motionless to enter a margin after all. Ms. Dutt faces sitting MP Poonam Mahajan from a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Hindu spoke to her about since she altered her mind, a domestic conditions in a nation and her skeleton if she wins. Excerpts:
This is a fourth choosing we are contesting. How has your tour been? Is it still a quarrel between dual daughters?
we don’t consider so. we have never seen it like that. It is a quarrel between dual parties or dual ideologies.
Why did we change your mind and confirm to contest?
Various reasons, actually. we was so sure, carrying designed my life in a opposite way… But we saw a conditions of a country. Especially after assembly [party president] Rahul Gandhi… we felt since are we not means to do something about [the domestic situation]? And Rahul Gandhi unequivocally stood up. Priyanka [Gandhi Vadra entering a fray] was also a large statement. That’s when we realised that people like us who trust in secularism, democracy can't means to not do anything. There was a lot of shame also… we felt this would be my approach of during slightest giving it a shot. This is an event I’m removing to make a difference.
You suspicion we couldn’t usually lay behind and watch?
we had my kids, work was going on fabulously. But we asked myself, what am we withdrawal behind for my children? At slightest they will know we attempted [to move about change].
Why do we consider a nation is in a crisis?
People are frightened of expressing themselves. They feel if they conflict something that is a majority’s approach of thinking, they will be punished. This has never happened… Mob lynching has never happened. Going in people’s homes and revelation them what to eat, what to do, changing Muslim names… We were never asked to infer ourselves as nationalists. People have to infer they are nationalistic and nationalists. This has happened to journalists, intellectuals, poets … it does turn a frightful situation. It usually becomes about one chairman (Prime Minister Narendra Modi). People harp on how Congress is usually about one family. But here, it’s usually about one person. They are seeking votes in Mr. Modi’s name.
What do we consider of a BJP’s care in Maharashtra?
What is their agenda, we don’t understand. They are usually fibbing to win an election. Where did a beef anathema come from? How does it impact development? The BJP has no forgive not to work. They have energy in Centre, State and [the municipal] corporation.
Since a poignant cube of your subdivision is a eremite minority, what is a clarity we get from them?
There is an atmosphere of unease. They don’t know what is going to happen. They are stressed. Balakot will not impact voters. The BJP says if we don’t approve of what we say, we are anti-national.
Your subdivision is a churned bag. How are we going to strech out to everyone?
Because we am not a really domestic person, we never looked during my area in terms of religion, faith or language. we looked during them as people.They are names, sacrament comes second. Their needs are same opposite identities: water, housing. Let’s not revoke them to votes. In these 5 years, there have been areas that were not overwhelmed during all… Maybe since they are Congress leaning. The MP never cared. But once we are voted [into power], we paint everyone. we don’t wish to criticism on a MP’s tenure. But some really critical issues have not been addressed. Those vital on supervision land need a process for their reconstruction — Defence land, Railways land. We took a really clever mount for this policy. We will emanate a policy. Then we have a emanate of supervision worker colonies. There contingency be a resolution to their housing after retirement. There have been issues associated to Metro… we had indeed designed an subterraneous Metro. But all changed. Coastal road, underneath a Chief Minister, was designed though we motionless to wait until all environmental clearances came. The High Court has taken a really clever perspective of it… these people have bulldozed even a clearances. And issues they could have indeed solved, they haven’t.
Are we against to a coastal highway altogether?
Any growth needs to have clearances. If it is going to have impact on environment, it needs a rethink. They are chopping off trees inside Aarey [Colony] for Metro. On a other hand, Mr. Modi has got an endowment for environment… We are going to have so most difficulty in monsoon. Mithi [river] has turn worse than what it was. Poonam [Mahajan] had also betrothed painting of Mithi. There has to be some change in Mumbai. The center category feels neglected. That territory also needs focus, detached from a lowest of poor.
What is your debate strategy?
Rahulji is entrance [to a city]. Priyanka competence also come. We are holding tiny meetings with groups of 50-60 people from a area … we speak to them about since this choosing is so important. They tell me what they need.
The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi competence margin a claimant for this seat.
This is usually another diversion devise of a BJP — a BJP will be appropriation [such parties]. It’s like putting adult a dummy. But people have accepted that, generally minorities.
Shaina N.C. recently spoke about illustration of women in this election. Has Congress finished any better?
The Congress is always ready. But when we are looking during giving candidature, they will demeanour during winnability, a maths, so many other things… though we worked for 33% women in Parliament.
Is there assent in a Mumbai Congress now?
Yes, absolutely, and harmony. Everybody is happy. There is good support for any other.
Will Sanjay Dutt be campaigning for you?
Yes, he will be there.
What is one doctrine in politics from your father that we still find useful?
I used to quarrel with my father… since are we in politics? You can do anything. He would say, we have got this height and we wish to use it for a right reasons. If everybody starts doing that can we suppose what a improved place it would be? The initial time we motionless to contest, we thought, my father used this height to strech out to so many people, kept his conduct above all this. He always pronounced a biggest resources is a adore of a people. If a chairman has a good word to contend about you, that is a resources we have.
Article source: https://www.thehindu.com/elections/lok-sabha-2019/this-is-an-opportunity-to-make-a-difference/article26751523.ece