THE AAP AGENDA
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.
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.
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.
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.