Political Interview

Mr Nakul Bhardwaj, President, Delhi State Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha

“Much more needs to be done to bring in NRI investments”

Mr Nakul Bharadwaj feels that the Congress-led Government in Delhi has not been able to promote skilled and unskilled people in the state. He said that not a single Government university has been opened in the city during the past 13 years. In a freewheeling interview with India Empire’s Anjay Sinha, he said the NRIs have been the strength of the country and it was high time for the Government to open up doors for them to invest in various sectors
Tell us in brief about your political journey…
I was elected as the president of the DAV college in 1999. I became the Delhi University Students Union president in 2002-2003. I was also the state secretary of the Delhi Unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarathi Parishad from 2003 to 2006. I contested the assembly elections from the Patparganj seat in November 2008 and lost by just 547 votes. From 2010 onwards, I am the president of the Delhi State BJP Yuva Morcha.

How is the Delhi Government doing?
The Congress is in power in Delhi for the past 13 years. But it has failed to open even a single Government college during this period. There are hardly any Government-run hostels for working men and women. No Government university has come up during Mrs Sheila Dikshit’s regime. The Government has been promoting only commercial institutes.

What initiates you have taken to bring more youth into the BJP fold?
We launched special membership drives in colleges and youth hubs. Our main aim was to get members from every section of the society. We strengthened our block presidents. We worked on a formula to have 10 youth on every election booth.

How helpful has been your state leadership to you?
Our party’s state president, Mr Vijender Sharma, is just 42. He understands the aspirations of the young leadership. He himself is a product of student politics. After due consultations with him, we were able to corner the state and the Central government on several pressing issues.

What role you do play in the party’s state unit?
We are involved in every policy decision of the state unit.

There is a lot of frustration among the youth. Why?
The political leadership has to be blamed for this. The Congress party has always used youth to its advantage. There is muscle, money and glamour in the Congress. Now, the youth is distancing itself from the Congress.

What measures should be taken to help the youth in the country?
A youth commission should be set up to accommodate the view point of the young generation in the policy matters.

How you rate the performance of Dr Manmohan Singh as the PM?
There is corruption at every level. This menace is eating into the mind space of the young generation. We have two economists in the Government – Dr Manmohan Singh and Mr P Chidambaram. But see where our economy is going. It has virtually collapsed.

Do you think that the youth can play an important role in Indian politics?
Our youth should take more initiatives in active politics. This will bring in more transparency in the entire system.

How is young leadership treated in your party?
We are a very disciplined party. Here workers are promoted strictly on the basis of their merit. Only genuine people are promoted in our party.

Do you think more tickets should be given to youth in all elections?
Getting into any assembly or Parliament is not the right measurement to judge the quality of any leadership. The ticket distribution should be left to the senior leadership.

Where do you see India in the world map?
We have a great potential. The day our youth awakens, no one can stop us from becoming a superpower.

What is your take on the NRIs?
Our NRIs have always been our strength. They should contribute in a big way for the shining of their motherland. After all, they have their roots and culture in India only. But our Government should play a pro-active role in getting more NRI investments. A NRI-coordination cell should be set up at both state and Central level.


June 2012

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