London based Non Resident South Indian plans to get into Indian politics
London-based former CEO of HiJobs and presently the head of New World Software, Buddha Chandrashekhar, has planned to join politics in India and stand for elections; however, he is yet to file his nomination as an independent candidate from the Vishakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency.
Earlier this month, Mr. Chandrashekhar came up with a vision document for Seemandhra, wherein he said that Vishakhapatnam has tremendous prospects of further growth and deserves to be the capital of Seemandhra.
In order to develop Andhra State, Mr. Chandrashekhar offered suggestions like dividing 13 districts of the successor state into two administrative parts, “Visa City” between Vizianagaram and Kakinada for single window clearances of investment proposals, conducting “Beach Premium League” (BPL) regularly by inviting clubs to hold various water sports tournaments like surfing, beach volley ball and football.
He also suggested on developing the existing airport in Vizag into a world-class international airport and how it can become a travel hub to go to many Asian countries.
Dr. Sonti Vasudeva Rao, an NRI and Director of Lasyashri Medical Limited, said, “It is nice to know that people with a modern outlook and oriented towards development are trying to get into politics. However, the main drawback is the lack of visibility among voters and backing from political outfits.”
Youth leader, Adari Kishore Kumar, of BJP also commented on the increasing number of NRIs getting involved into politics and said, “Politics is a different ball game altogether. They need to connect with the locals and their issues. While such candidates have a vision to offer, how will they bridge the gap between the voter and themselves?”
A senior political analyst said, “NRIs are well within their rights to contest but it would be a hard task for them to make the connect because the public likes their politicians desi.”
Rooted in Vizag, Mr. Chandrashekhar is trying to make his place among the citizens of India and has also created his profile on Facebook so that he can reach out to more and more people.
– YS Subramaniam