Rajyavardhan Rathore: "I'm ready to take any responsibility given to me by the next government"
Olympic silver medallist, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, has stated that he is prepared to take on any responsibilities that will be assigned to him by the newly elected to-be-Prime-Minister Narendra Modi.
Rathore, who voluntarily left the Indian army to join the BJP party last September, became the second Olympic medallist to win the Lok Sabha elections, after he won convincingly over former Railway minister, CP Joshi, by a huge margin of 150,000 votes.
And it has been suggested that the double trap shooter might be a candidate for the role of a sports minister for the next government .
Although his priority is to provide his services to the rural areas of Jaipur, Rathore has admitted that he would willingly take up any role allocated to him.
While celebrating his party’s success with his wife and the people of Jaipur, Rathore said, “It’s up to the captain to take the decision but it’s the time to work together and shoulder responsibilities. Be it with or without a post, I’m ready to take responsibility given to me in the next government.”
Rathore also mentioned that he was grateful to Narendra Modi for being his lifeguard all the way as he felt he had jumped into the sea of politics without wearing a life jacket.
“It did feel diving into deep sea without a life jacket but I was fully confident with the top leadership of Narendra Modiji at the helm. The people’s verdict is out. Modi is no more a mere person. He has become the symbol of development, commitment and nationalism,” he said
“He truly symbolises the idea of ‘Ghar Ghar Modi’. We saw that in the results that the nation cannot go wrong,” he added.
“Earlier, my success was limited to myself but now if I become a part of the country then it will feel immense proud. It’s about serving the nation through politics.”
The Arjuna awardee also stated that the Army image has worked to his advantage as people have trusted him for his clean background and thanked them for believing in him.
“Life has been full of challenges, right from the war battle in the border, to winning a (silver) medal at the (Athens 2004) Olympics. It has been a tremendous experience,” said Rathore.
“I thank the people of India and my constituency for having faith in me. I will try my best to live up to my people’s expectation. I have utmost value for the people of my constituency and India,” he added.
Finally, Rathore concluded by saying that “siksha, rojgar and paani” in his constituency would top the agenda for him.
“My first priority is to work for the people of my constituency. Education, youth employment and water for drinking and agriculture would top the my priority list,” he said.
“The result has shown that the character of a person holds great importance. The image of being a soldier first and then sportsman was demonstrated in my win. They have voted for me seeing my clean image, commitment and the ability to work,” Rathore added.