THE AAP AGENDA

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Ke­jri­wal spells out the party’s eco­nomic phi­los­o­phy and po­lit­i­cal vi­sion

FOR­EIGN POL­ICY AND NA­TIONAL SE­CU­RITY

While pro­tect­ing our strate­gic and eco­nomic in­ter­ests, we want peace­ful re­la­tions with all coun­tries. Cor­rup­tion and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in de­fence pro­cure­ment have af­fected the coun­try’s se­cu­rity mech­a­nism. This ought to be ad­dressed im­me­di­ately.

ECO­NOMIC PHI­LOS­O­PHY

Peo­ple ask me,“Are you a left­ist or a right­ist?” We are not wed­ded to any ide­ol­ogy. We are com­mon men. We have prob­lems and want so­lu­tions. If we find the so­lu­tion to a prob­lem in left­ist ide­ol­ogy, we would be happy to bor­row it. If we the find so­lu­tion in right­ist thoughts, we will use it.

PRI­VATE EN­TER­PRISE

We need to en­cour­age busi­ness in the coun­try if we have to cre­ate wealth and em­ploy­ment. We want to cre­ate an hon­est busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment by sim­pli­fy­ing pro­ce­dures and re­mov­ing le­gal and ad­min­is­tra­tive bot­tle­necks. Most busi­nesses, es­pe­cially where a free mar­ket is pos­si­ble, are best left to the pri­vate sec­tor. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment needs to play a vi­tal role in sec­tors such as ed­u­ca­tion and health­care. We op­pose crony cap­i­tal­ism.

FOR­EIGN IN­VEST­MENTS

We are not ide­o­log­i­cally op­posed to, or in favour of, for­eign in­vest­ments. We need to look at the pros and cons of for­eign in­vest­ments in each sec­tor. We wish to place in the pub­lic do­main all facts and fig­ures avail­able with the gov­ern­ment, ini­ti­ate a de­bate, and take de­ci­sions which are best for the coun­try.

MAR­KET ECON­O­MYAND SUB­SI­DIES

Mar­kets, if al­lowed to func­tion ide­ally, are wel­come. But in prac­tice, a few vested in­ter­est groups tend to dis­tort mar­kets. The Gov­ern­ment has to act as an hon­est reg­u­la­tor and watch­dog to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of dis­ad­van­taged sec­tions.

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