Given an Op­por­tu­nity, I Would Like to be in Pol­i­tics AN­OTHER FAN

I am very fond of Modi and share a close as­so­ci­a­tion with him, says Jayant

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

It is still not clear whether LK Ad­vani will have any role in a Naren­dra Modi-led govern­ment, but BJP pa­tri­arch’s son Jayant is cer­tain that he wants to join the party and make a foray into full-time pol­i­tics. In a candid in­ter­view to Bhavna Vij-Aurora, Ad­vani ju­nior opens up about his fond­ness for Modi and his fa­ther’s con­tri­bu­tion to the party. You have been cam­paign­ing for your fa­ther in Gand­hi­na­gar and even visit the con­stituency reg­u­larly, have you ever con­sid­ered join­ing pol­i­tics and fol­low in his foot­steps? If given an op­por­tu­nity, I would cer­tainly like to be in pol­i­tics. Till now my role has been con­fined to cam­paign­ing in Gu­jarat. What has prompted you to con­sider pol­i­tics? I feel I have an ap­ti­tude for it, other­wise I wouldn’t have even thought about it. I have grown up in a po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment and that’s what I have seen and learnt all my life. Pol­i­tics gives you power, abil­ity and means to bring about change in the lives of people. If used for the pur­pose, then it is worth it. What has been your ex­pe­ri­ence of cam­paign­ing in Gand­hi­na­gar? I have been cam­paign­ing in Gand­hi­na­gar since 1991. This is the sixth elec­tion my fa­ther is con­test­ing from the con­stituency. From all my ex­pe­ri­ences of cam­paign­ing, I can say very con­fi­dently that in this elec­tion people have made up their mind to vote out the Congress and bring in a new govern­ment led by Naren­dra bhai. People are look­ing for a change. How is your equa­tion with Modi? I am very fond of him and share a close as­so­ci­a­tion with him. I have known him since I was a child. When­ever we meet, we dis­cuss a lot of is­sues, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal and non­po­lit­i­cal. And just like the rest of the coun­try, I also sincerely hope that he be­comes the next prime min­is­ter. What role will your fa­ther play in a govern­ment led by Modi? He has been asked this ques­tion be­fore and he has said that he will carry out what­ever work is as­signed to him by the party. What was your re­ac­tion when Mr Ad­vani was think­ing of shift­ing his seat from Gand­hi­na­gar to Bhopal? I am glad he re­tained Gand­hi­na­gar since he has been rep­re­sent­ing the con­stituency for a long time. Did you ad­vise him as a son? I was trav­el­ling at that time. By the time I re­turned, he had taken the right de­ci­sion, and the is­sue stood closed. Since you have cam­paigned with your fa­ther in Gand­hi­na­gar, do you see yourself con­test­ing from there some day? It’s dif­fi­cult to an­swer since I don’t know what will hap­pen in the fu­ture. What do you think of the so-called pro-Ad­vani and anti-Ad­vani groups in the party? His con­tri­bu­tion to the party is im­mense. He con­sid­ers the whole party to be his fam­ily. He does not be­lieve in any in­ter­nal groups within the party. How was it grow­ing up in a po­lit­i­cal house­hold? I got to meet and in­ter­act with a lot of people. There were chal­lenges too. The emer­gency pe­riod from June 1975 to Jan­uary 1977 was the most try­ing time and a tough pe­riod for fam­i­lies of all the op­po­si­tion lead­ers who were sent to jail. I was in school at that time. It was dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand what emer­gency was all about and why it was im­posed. It was a dark chap­ter of 19 months. It was a big chal­lenge for my mother to run the house in those days as my fa­ther was in jail and there was no earn­ing mem­ber. Com­ing back to the elec­tions, what do you think were the main is­sues? Un­bear­able price rise, ram­pant cor­rup­tion, un­em­ploy­ment, women’s safety, farm­ers’ sui­cides. People were an­gry and look­ing for a change. Do you think that’s the rea­son for the high voter turnout? Yes. I think it’s a healthy sign in a democ­racy that a voter knows what kind of a govern­ment and lead­er­ship he/she wants.

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