Kolkata, March 16 (IANS) : With administrative
astuteness in her genes and good friend Sourav Ganguly to guide, former
sports administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya's daughter Vaishali is confident
of fulfilling her political aspiration of becoming a "people's person",
much like her role model Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal chief
Making her electoral debut from Bally constituency in
neighbouring Howrah district on a Trinamool Congress ticket, Vaishali
Dalmiya asserts her father would have been more than happy to see her
taking the political plunge even though the late ICC and BCCI chief, in
his lifetime, remained averse to politicians entering sports
"Engaged in social service since the age of 14,
politics for me is a natural progression to the next level of public
service," Vaishali told IANS at her plush office here in Theatre Road.
she said, gave her the platform to reach out to the people at the
grassroots and work for them. "Had my father been alive, he would not
only have been happy, but would have encouraged and helped me in my
political endeavour," she said.
Groomed by her father, Vaishali
has now taken over the reins of the family business, and claims to have
inherited Dalmiya's administrative abilities.
"You can say my USP
is I am daughter of a person who was famous for his administrative
abilities and uprightness, and of course hard work. All these are in my
genes and, yes, much like my father who could never be cornered, I too
have the ability to fight back in adverse situations," says Vaishali.
why should a political greenhorn who has lived a lavish lifestyle
expect to get the thumbs up from a constituency like Bally with a fair
section of rural and poor voters?
Playing with a straight bat,
she says: "It's not me they will be voting for, they would be voting for
Trinamool and Mamata Banerjee, who has in just five years transformed
the whole state. Every district and every block is an emphatic evidence
of the development ushered in by her."
"Didi (Mamata Banerjee) is
the reason I have joined politics. The most noticeable aspect about her
is she delivers whatever she promises and the best thing about her is
she believes in being human," she said.
Mamata was voice of the
masses who always had the time to listen to their problems, their
aspirations and redress them. "It's Didi's people's persona that I want
to emulate," said Vaishali.
Well, the advice to follow in Didi's
footsteps came from none other than former India captain and close
family friend Sourav Ganguly.
"We had discussions about my
political journey and he advised me to follow Didi and try to become a
people's person like her. He said it's important to reach out to the
masses and know about their problems," says Vaishali, who has started
moving around in her constituency, going from door to door to meet the
Vaishali has plans to set up a sports academy in her
constituency, and says Ganguly -- who enjoys a cult status across the
state -- would canvass for her.
"He will be campaigning for me in April and I have also discussed the issue of setting up the academy with him," Vaishali said.
47-year-old and a single mother is also confident of managing all
aspects of her life. "For the past 21 years, I have been working and
keeping a balance with personal life. I can do the same with politics,"
Trinamool candidate Sultan Singh had won the seat in 2011 by a margin of over 6,000 votes.