Not against capitalism but crony capitalism, says Kejri

 Former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal slammed the BJP and Congress over lack of honest politics. At a function of the Confederation of Indian Industry on Monday, Kejriwal accused the central government for leaving businessmen and industrialists of the country unhappy. 

He targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the drawbacks of the UPA government in the past 10 years.

“The world’s best economics expert is our PM Manmohan Singh. During the past 10 years of the UPA tenure, you saw best economic policies, but the biggest drawback was lack of honest politics. As there was no honest politics, those economic policies could not be implemented,” Kejriwal said.

He attacked Congress for having a number of Harvard University graduate economists in its cabinet but not using them.

“It shows that there was no dearth of good economic policies. But still industrialists and businessmen in our country are sad. Why are they sad? Honest politics was missing. Neither BJP nor Congress has it,” Kejriwal said. On his party’s stand after the FIRs he ordered against a leading industrialist, he said he is against crony capitalism not capitalism.

“We are not against capitalism, but we are against crony capitalism. We are depressed when spectrum worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore is purchased and sold for Rs 6,000 crore within one week. This is not called business; it is called dacoity,” he said.

He attacked all political parties for brandishing their image through claims of development. “Governments cannot do development, people do development through business and trade,” he said.

He repeated his ‘aam aadmi first’ agenda and slammed the government for the problems of people. “First class citizens are being ruled by third class governance,” Kejriwal added.

He said all business activities in the country should be in private hands and not in the government’s hands.

“Time has come to define the role of the government. There are three important works to do. First, it is the duty of the government to provide security. Second, to ensure justice and lastly to provide corruption free governance. But no party is talking about them.”

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