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I Won't Dress Like The Other Rahul, Says Rahul Mahajan

PTI 02 Dec 2010, 15:59:14 IST
Remember, Rahul Mahajan? He had done a TV swayamvar and married a Bengali contestant Dimpy. He has now set his eyes to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from his father Pramod Mahajan's constituency, and, that too, on a BJP ticket, says a media report.
After becoming a household name through reality TV – for better or for worse – Rahul says building his “political legacy” his next on his agenda
“When I get inside the Parliament, I'll still wear jeans and shirts. I don't believe in looking like someone else just because you have an ‘image' of a politician to live up to. I don't care what the other Rahul (Gandhi) wears, this Rahul will never wear the kurta pyjama when he becomes politically active,” says Mahajan.

Alternating between the image of wife basher and ‘the eligible bachelor' in “Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega”, Rahul's now pitching for a political image.  

“I have all the plans in place to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from my father's constituency. And of course, I will contest with my father's party (the BJP).”

For this reality TV ‘star', the most imminent reality is that of politics, a role he feels he will excel at, better than most others his age.

“Politics is not a job where you can go from 9 to 5pm, and order a cold drink. One has to work for the people. I think I fit the bill because I am connected with people. Despite my father's long innings, I don't think I've inherited a legacy, because in politics, every individual has to create his own legacy.”

When gently reminded about his controversies, Rahul says: "If people didn't like me, how would thousands of women across the nation apply to be my wife in “Swayamvar”? As for controversies, who doesn't have them around these days? You can love me or hate me, but you can't ignore me.”  

Rahul defends reality shows, saying, “Look around you today, reality shows abound. Why? Because people want to watch them. Life is reality, as mirrored by these shows. But whatever my image is, I know that in my mind, I function with a self regulation button. No one should cross that. That's why, jab Rahul kisi show mein hota hai toh beep karne ki zaroorat nahin hoti. Everybody on a reality show should understand that 20 din woh TV pe rahenge, phir toh baaki zindagi bahar hi guzarni hai. Hypocrisy is built into the fabric of society today. What is the point of shifting timings for reality shows to 11pm, when in your 7pm news, you air grabs from that show?”

About reports of beating his wife Dimpy, Rahul says: “See, I have seen a lot in life. But now, things are great between me and Dimpy. In fact, we recently returned from our second honeymoon in Kovalam. Ab shaadi ki hai to nibhao.”  

It would be interesting to know the views of women voters in Rahul Mahajan's proposed constituency.