After spending 11 years as India’s leading track and field athlete, discus thrower Krishna Poonia has decided to flex her muscles in the field of politics. Though new to the game, she did not give any straight answers, just like a seasoned politician. When asked about contesting elections, Poonia said, “I have just joined the party and I will do whatever the party says. Churu is my home district and let us see.” However, she also said that she will not end her track and field career if she is elected in the polls.
Why this transformation?
I have also been active in the field of social work for long. I belong to a family of farmers, I am well aware of people’s problems at the grassroot-level, and I have developed an understanding into what they really need. Most importantly, it’s the people who wanted me to come into politics. So it’s not an abrupt decision. It’s the people decision; they are the ones who now want me to lead them from the front.
Politics requires dedication. How will you manage?
If you want 100 per cent results in any filed, dedication is must. I have joined politics not for name and fame; these I have already achieved. I am going to stay in politics only to serve the people of my area and state.
Why Congress over others?
Policies adopted by the UPA and the Congress-led state government have had a great influenced on me. In sports both the governments have taken several good steps for the youth, which inspired me. Congress, and particularly Rahul Gandhi, wants to take everyone forward, together.
Be it youth or women, Rahul wants everyone’s participation in the nation-building process. Time has come for the youth to actively participate in politics.
Who is your political role model?
I am very inspired by Rajiv Gandhi. As a politician I also admire chief minister Ashok Gehlot.
Rahul’s perspective on politics, vision for country’s development and the way he connects with people, also motivates me.
What will be your top priority?
My main priority will be to work for the development of my region. There are several issues that need immediate attention. Youth in Churu have potential to become good athletes, but due to lack of infrastructure and other facilities this talent gets killed. Education of the girl child and drinking water supply are the other two issues I’d like to work on.
Will sports take a backseat if you get elected?
Certainly I will, and it will be to set an example! Winning laurels for India in sports is also working for country.