TT: Why should people vote for you?
Mohan: I am an educationist and women’s rights activist. I performed my duties as principal of DPS, Bokaro, and later, chairperson of state women’s commission with utmost dedication. I believe youths, women and educated people, who are looking for honest leadership, will support me
Party chief Sudesh Mahto is hard-working. He approached me. I am impressed with his concern for women’s empowerment. Therefore, I accepted
Don’t you think a national party can help Jharkhand more?
Only regional parties are concerned with local issues which relate to the common man
Ajsu wants special status for Jharkhand. Yet, when it was in government, it couldn’t use funds
Ajsu was always a coalition partner. Had it led a majority government it would have taken steps to fully utilise funds. I believe that special category status will help
What are the main issues in Dhanbad?
Irregular power supply, traffic jams, scarcity of water in Jharia, Katras, Nirsa, displacement of underground fire-affected people, lack of proper healthcare
Rehabilitation of more than a lakh families of Jharia’s 595 underground fire-affected sites is a delicate issue. I advocate forming a core committee of the affected people, the coal company and the administration to find a solution
What areas of women’s empowerment would you stress on?
Issues like shelters for destitutes, job-oriented training, effective implementation of the domestic violence act will be my priority
Dhanbad has few trains to metros
I will raise the issue of direct trains to Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai as a large number of students visit these cities regularly
Educational plans for Dhanbad?
I will pitch for IIT status for ISM and work towards establishing a separate university in Dhanbad
How has the transition to politics been?
Politics is totally different from education. But, it provides a broader perspective on issues, people, society and the nation. But unlike usual politicians, I believe in working first and talking later