People won’t reject a leader who does good work: N.A. Haris

Seeking re-election for a fourth term, the incumbent MLA hopes to build better infrastructure with a 500-bed multi-specialty hospital as well as parks and playgrounds in Shantinagar constituency

Published - May 07, 2023 04:17 pm IST - Bengaluru

MLA N A Haris with his son Mohamd Nalapad Haris during a rally at Jogpaly in Shanthinagar constituency in Bengaluru in 2018.

MLA N A Haris with his son Mohamd Nalapad Haris during a rally at Jogpaly in Shanthinagar constituency in Bengaluru in 2018. | Photo Credit: SUDHAKARA JAIN

People will never reject a leader who continues to do good work, understands the needs of all in the community and stays close to them, says Shantinagar MLA Nalapad Ahmed Haris, who is now seeking a fourth consecutive term from the same seat representing the Congress.

Excerpts from an exclusive conversation with The Hindu:

With elections just a couple of days away, what is the indication on ground?

I clearly see that people are with me and I am with the people. I am finishing my third term as MLA from Shantinagar constituency with this election, and I can only see an increasing acceptance here among people as they have seen me working committedly for the development of the constituency over several years.

Do you see any element of anti-incumbency since you are now seeking re-election for the fourth time from the same seat?

None. Usually, that is possible when the same candidate of the same party is fielded repeatedly from a constituency. But in the case of Shantinagar, I’ve been closely working with people for so many years and they are happy with me. If you do good work, people won’t let you go. This has been my experience over and over again, term after term.

What are some of the development works you have executed in the current term?

I have focussed on the overall development of the constituency, mostly working on the upgradation of the entire constituency, repairing big and small roads, street lighting, construction of pavements, and basically improving road and building infrastructure. We have also worked on water logging issues and have been able to minimise that problem unless there are heavy rains and floods.

If re-elected, what would be your immediate focus areas?

My constituency urgently requires a 500-bed multi-specialty hospital. I’ve already discussed this matter with the State government and sought support. So building healthcare infrastructure will be the primary focus for me, in my next term. Developing new parks and playgrounds and repairing and cleaning the existing parks and playgrounds will also be a priority. To remain healthy, people in my constituency require good public infrastructure such as parks, and in case of any illness, they need a full-fledged healthcare provider.

You topped a list on the performance of MLAs in the Assembly (2018-2023) by asking 591 questions and recording an attendance of 84%, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). How good a time manager are you?

I believe that once you are committed to doing something, everything is possible and you get time to do everything that is required to be done.

Will your son, Mohammed Haris Nalapad, enter electoral politics anytime soon?

Yes, he will enter electoral politics. But party will decide when.

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