How did you react to the news of you being nominated to the Lok Sabha?
I have not received any formal intimation about it yet, but when I first heard it, honestly, I could not believe my ears. It was incredible and I wasn’t expecting it.
You had joined the BJP on April 23, 2013 and unsuccessfully contested a Lok Sabha election last year. Do you think the actor George has been nominated or the politician?
I do believe it is me as a person who got elected, and my benevolent party has complimented me by giving me a national platform to showcase my work for the people.
What are the issues that you would like to address initially?
Obviously, if I have been nominated as a representative of the Anglo Indian community, I will be expected to take their demands and problems to the Parliament. I would meet the Anglo-Indian Associations soon and discuss the major issues of the community before raising them in the Parliament.
How has the state BJP leadership reacted to your nomination?
Almost all the senior BJP leaders here have called to congratulate me. State BJP president Rahul Sinha has assured me all help and cooperation. However, none of the leaders from the other parties have wished me.
How do you plan to balance your work as an actor with your new responsibility?
Acting is what I do to earn a livelihood. I have joined the BJP for my political aspirations, not for money. I will have to find time to keep acting so as to earn my living while continuing to work as a politician. I believe I have been nominated looking at the kind of work I have been doing within the party.
Who do you expect to assist you in your new role as a parliamentarian?
I have no experience of the rules, regulations and protocols of Parliament. I will need all the help that I can get from people across all political parties. There are way more senior leaders there who I believe will help me get into the groove.