Contesting polls to push clean politics, not to win seats, says Kejriwal

The Aam Aadmi Party, and especially its state units across north and central india, may have been claiming for the past several weeks that the party will contest 300 to 350 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections, but party boss Arvind Kejriwal apparently differs.

In a detailed interview to The Economic Times, Kejriwal says he "disagrees" with his party on how many seats they should contest. His own focus, he says, is not on the number of candidates they contest or win but on how effectively they are able to prevent "corrupt and tainted" politicians from being elected to Lok Sabha.

 Contesting polls to push clean politics, not to win seats, says Kejriwal

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

"I have told them we are not here to fight the 300-odd seats. We are not here for power politics. We have to go back to the original political philosophy of AAP, which was to be a force multiplier for clean politics and not grab power," he says.

While there is speculation that the party could field the former Delhi chief minister against Narendra Modi if the BJP's prime ministerial candidate contests from anywhere outside of Gujarat, Kejriwal claims he has not thought about it.

"I haven't entered the political arena for power," he said.

In the interview, he also repeated his comments about capitalism being different from crony capitalism, those who indulge in corruption and others who are victims of corruption.

Asked specifically to name other corporates he believes to be honest, Kejriwal says. "Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji... I think they are good people."

Insisting that a vote for Narendra Modi amounts to a vote for Mukesh Ambani, Kejriwal said voters need to be educated that Modi and Rahul Gandhi are "faces of the same system called Mukesh Ambani". AAP will provide people the information to prove it, he added.

Read the complete interview here

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Updated Date: Feb 18, 2014 11:51:50 IST