People are sick of the political system... They want a good alternative and those who can deliver. People have seen the governance in Delhi
AAP IN PUNJAB POLLS
Is Arvind Kejriwal against Ambani, Adani? We are against crony capitalism. Whether it is Congress or BJP, businesses of Adani or Ambani run. Their businesses don’t run on account of giving good products, but because of collusion with government. To get profits by wrong means. We are against that. We are not against private sector. So many benefits we have given to traders. What is the private sector? It is the people of this country. We want to do good for the people, so how can there be any animosity towards the people.
What role do you see for the private sector? We feel that the government should not interfere too much in private sector. It should be clear as to what work the government should do and what private sector should do. Everything was mixed up by them. Like transport, for instance. There is absolutely no reason why DTC (state-run Delhi Transport Corporation) should be a predominant player. After our government was formed, bureaucrats in this building said purchase 2,000-4,000 more buses. I said encourage private sector into this. Now all of this is going to the private sector. Why should the government be involved in running buses?
At your talk at CII, you had said private sector creates jobs. So you are not against capitalism, but crony capitalism… Obviously not. Who can be?
What do you think about the Congress? Is it an effective opposition to the BJP? I think the Congress is steadily becoming redundant in politics. There are two things. People’s faith in the existing political set-up has finished. So when they vote, they do it for defeating (incumbents). Second, who are the people hopeful of? People have no hope from Congress. Also, today, the condition
You seem to be taking an ultra-nationalist stance on Pathankot, whereas the BJP appears to be taking a reasonable one… We are not against cooperation, we want engagement. This should not be treated as we are against engagement. Talk to them (Pakistan). But calling Pakistan’s investigative agency for probing terror here means aapunkesaamneletgayeho (you have capitulated to them). There is a difference. Talks happened at secretary, foreign minister and Prime Minister levels. I want to say that engage in talks, but when you’re saying that ISI is doing all this, you are calling them here to probe. You gave them (Laughs) I have no such ambitions and intentions. I did not have ambitions of becoming the CM either. As you all know we had started an agitation and had they passed our Jan Lokpal bill they wouldn’t have had to deal with the Aam Admi Party or us. We have no such ambitions.
But if you have some ambitions, what is wrong in stating that? But I don’t have ambitions. If I had ambitions I would state that upfront…as you rightly said I am very frank. (laughs) (Laughs) That must have been said by Yogendra Yadav, etc. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious. Parjabnahinhaintohnahinhain (But when I am not, I am not). It’s a hypothetical question. My commitment is to Delhi. See, leadership is important. There is absolutely no doubt. Like, in Delhi everyone works…Manish (Sisodia), Satyendar Jain…our officers are all working 24/7 but people recognise the face. To that extent people have hopes from the leadership.
What do you think are the mistakes Modi has made after a fantastic mandate? I broadly think that within two years they have turned farmers, traders, students, teaching community, Dalits against them. Minorities were anyway against them from the beginning.
There is strong hatred they have sown in the To polarise. To divide the society. Vojaanboojhke zabardastiBharatkekhilaafnaarelagwatihaiBJP (BJP orchestrates anti-national slogans). Delhi Police has the photographs of these boys. Why haven’t they been caught?
Are you saying that the entire JNU controversy was set up by the BJP? Yes. I am saying this on record.
Will you take action since your report has named news channels and social media users? Yes, we will take action. It’s just that we want the case to be foolproof so we are collecting evidence from everywhere, getting more videos forensically examined. Maybe in a week or 10 days the cases will be filed.
What is your view on all these schemes that the central government has announced — Make in India, Digital India, Start Up India, Stand Up India? (Interjects) Sit down India, Sleep India (laughs)
Well, do you think these are good initiatives? Or do you think these are good ideas but badly implemented? It will be difficult for me to get into their intentions but obviously nothing has taken off and they are just talking. People are fed up of this talk. People are looking for results and there are none. It won’t be right of me to say they had no intention to deliver but there is no result. SwachhBharatmeinagar ekgalibhisaafhogayihotodikhadohumein (Show me if even one lane has been cleaned under Swachh Bharat programme).
What do you think is the reason? Why is the execution poor? I think here one starts doubting their intention. Why is everything failing? It was a historic chance for
Yet, some people who claim to know you say you are intensely ambitious… Your party is seeking votes in your name in Punjab, but can a non-Sikh person become the CM of Punjab? But the votes are being sought in your name in Punjab.