Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor today slammed the BJP, Rahul Gandhi and said that India should be “building schools and hospitals rather than political alliances” in a wide-ranging interview to NDTV.
Here are the highlights from Arvind Kejriwal’s interview at a special NDTV townhall.
On the ‘Make in India’ campaign
People are angry, impatient. 75 years of independence, why are we so behind others?
Indians are most hardworking, intelligent. So why are we lagging behind?
We have the best professionals. People now want to move forward. If we leave India to these parties, it will take India another 75 years to move ahead.
Everyday we hear about MLAs being bought. This is our money they are spending to buy MLAs.
They are waiving loans of businessmen. But students are struggling to pay EMIs. They have only thought about themselves.
We need an alliance of people, youth.
Most important for India is education. Delhi government school kids are getting into IITs. A security guard’s son got the same rank in JEE as I did. His starting salary will be Rs 2 lakh. If we can do this for all kids, there will be no poverty in India.
Other than Delhi, government schools are in the pits. PM has said 14,500 schools will be revamped. Why can’t all govt schools be improved? If they hadn’t waived their friends’ debts, Centre could have improved all schools.
Everyone should get free education, healthcare. We have done it in Delhi, why not in India?
The third thing we need are jobs.
The fourth thing we need is infrastructure.
On how other states can improve
To fix schools, we need good intent. In Punjab, we have made 100 mohalla clinics. Power is free and we have improved government schools’
On how he talks a lot about what he does
Sure we will publicise, why not? If I’m doing good work, why not publicise? Others publicise without doing anything
On what is needed for making India no. 1
In Barmer, a doctor had a problem finishing MBBS. So now he gathers 50 kids every year and gets them admitted for MBBS. We need more people like that.
We won’t become no.1 if netas come together. 130 crore people need to come together.
On Alliances and Coalition
I’m not against anyone. But i don’t understand this jor-tor politics.
Call me to build schools, build roads, hospitals. But i don’t understand alliance, seat-adjustment.
If 130 crore people come together, all governments will have to work.
Now there is just too much negativity. If all come together, India will be no. 1.
On how this will happen – will he become pm?
People will decide how we will move forward. But i know what to do. We have to fix schools, healthcare, unemployment.
We have been robbed for 75 years. They have filled their coffers. People will not tolerate any more.
Don’t believe those who promise to give Rs 15 lakh. Believe those who say they have set up schools.
India will not be no.1 due to speeches. Unless every child is educated, India won’t be no.1.
They ask other countries for technology. Why don’t they give our scientists a chance?
On Congress Calling AAP BJP’s B-Team
Does congress need me to weaken them? Isn’t rahul gandhi sufficient?
On if he is also going to temples now
Others don’t go to Hanuman temple, all should go. I used to read hanuman chalisa many times a day. I don’t go to hanuman because I’m lost. I go because I’ve found my way. Everyone should pray.
On raids, corruption in his government
Did CBI get anything from Manish Sisodia? What is the excise scam exactly. Ask bjp leaders, what is the scam
Alleged scam is worth more than Delhi’s budget. They are just throwing muck. They won’t even arrest Sisodia.
If there is corruption, arrest. Don’t do this drama all day and divert attention.
I got an audio clip on my minister. I removed minister, sent clip to CBI. So they know, we will punish even our own. I have sent my own minister to jail. But all this baseless muck is useless
Who is stopping them from arresting Sisodia? No probe, no arrest, only muck. India will never move ahead like this. We need positivity.
None of these allegations are mentioned in the CBI’s FIR. They have investigated everything about us. They have found nothing.
Whatever we do, they investigate. What’s happening in Satyendar Jain’s case? Now they are saying they want to change the judge. They said this judge asks too many questions.
On why he reverted to earlier excise policy
They have frightened officials. We have the same excise policy in Punjab. We have plugged all loopholes, no leaks.
In Delhi, officials didn’t want to extend it. We had to go back because they didn’t let us implement it. We don’t have a full government in Delhi.
On how they managed to put focus on education
I saw Amit Shah going to schools in Gujarat. I think it was the 1st time in 27 years that their leaders are talking about schools. I am glad we forced Amit shah to visit schools. Discourse should be on education, on healthcare.
Stalin learnt from Delhi. We should all learn from each other. We will learn from BJP if they do something good.
Delhi autowallas helped a lot in AAP’s first elections. They put up our posters for free.
There are 2 kinds of politics – one is for people, the other is for self.
I stopped all corruption. I used all the money for schools. Is all this a crime?
Now no money in Swiss banks. We have free healthcare. Is all this a crime?
People ask, how am i getting money for free schemes. I am getting money by stopping corruption
On why India is not doing well in sports
This country has a lot of talent. I have seen kids who somersault at traffic lights? What flexibility!
Let each state focus on two sports. We will get 100 medals then.
On women security
There are 2 important issues about women – One is security, one is participation in economy. We need both.
Women’s security very important. I wish Delhi Police was under us.
We have done what we could. We have put up huge street lights, CCTVs. We have the most dense network of CCTVs in the world.
Punjab will soon become the safest place. We have to give women equal chances. Need them in every sphere. Need women to be no. 1.