Not cut out to be in the hurly burly of politics, says Ex CAG Vinod Rai

Having created a flutter in political space -- first with his audit reports and now with a tell-all book, former CAG Vinod Rai says he does not want to enter electoral politics but would remain in 'public space'.

hidden September 21, 2014 14:05:18 IST
Not cut out to be in the hurly burly of politics, says Ex CAG Vinod Rai

New Delhi: Having created a flutter in political space -- first with his audit reports and now with atell-all book, former CAG Vinod Rai says he does not want to enter electoral politics but would remain in "public space".

Rai, who served as the country's apex auditor from 2008-13, also said he would decide on penning a second book ora sequel only after seeing response to his just-released 'Not Just An Accountant'.

Emphasising that he never expected to be a hero or a villain, either with the book or with audit reports, the former Comptroller and Auditor General said that nobody is "a hero in the eyes of everybody" except for in films.

In an interview to PTI, Rai asserted that he never hadpolitical leanings and he does not see himself as cut out tobe in the hurly burly of politics.

Not cut out to be in the hurly burly of politics says Ex CAG Vinod Rai

Vinod Rai.

"Everybody has his own, you know, core competence if Ican say. Mine, certainly, is not electoral politics... To thebest of my capability, feeling, I don't think I will enterpolitics," Rai said.

When asked about his next action plan of action, Rai saidthat he expects to take a decision in a month's time."I want to remain in public space. I have got 40 years ofexperience. So if anybody requires my guidance, I would onlybe happy to provide but that space and that guidance I don'tsee for myself in the political arena," he said.

Further, Rai said that he would not set up an NGO orjoin any NGO. "I will remain by myself and if anybody in anycapacity wants me to do something, I am fine," he added.

Rai's book, which touches upon his tenure as CAG as wellas the role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, hassparked off a political firestorm especially about the actionstaken during the previous UPA regime.

According to him, there was no intention of writing thebook when he retired in May last year but made the decisionafter seeing the "very incorrect" picture painted about CAG inthe public.

Acknowledging that he did expect virulent reactions tohis book, Rai said, "I was also conscious of the fact thatwhoever speaks up, they speak through coloured glasses."So I wasn't worried about that. They have attacked me inthe past and they would continue to do it," he added.

Elaborating on his decision to pen down his thoughts, Raisaid he said the objective was to examine governmentfunctioning from the point of view of transparency.

"I noticed that within the country, the innuendos andstatements of very senior personalities on the institution ofCAG was not dying down and a very incorrect picture was beinggiven. When this picture was given, lots of my colleagues andgood friends, then suggested to me that on some of theseissues I need to put the record straight.

"... Hence, I felt that I must write in very simplelanguage about some of the major issues which have caught thepublic imagination and put it out in public domain for theyounger generation," Rai said.

PTI

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