AAP against crony capitalism: Kejriwal tells industry
Perceived as anti-industry, former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said his Aam Aadmi Party is actually against crony capitalism.
"We are not against capitalism, we are against crony capitalism", Kejriwal told members of the Confederation of Indian Industry national council here.
Emphasising that there is "a very small section of businessmen who are looting the country" and the AAP was only against them, Kejriwal said: "This is a wrong perception that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is against business."
"We might have made mistakes, our policies might be wrong, but our intentions are not corrupt," the former chief minister said.
"Time has come to define what is the government's role," Kejriwal said, adding that the government has no business to be in business, which is best left to private players.
Pointing out that AAP is completely against "licence raj and inspector raj", Kejriwal said whatever the form of government, it has three primary tasks - providing security, justice and a corruption-free administration.
"Unfortunately, no party speaks of these things, which are essential for doing business. It is the Aam Aadmi Party that has come for the first time speaking of providing security, giving justice and a corruption-free administration."
He said the AAP cannot be against business "because if business stops how will employment be generated".
Saying that business people are creating wealth and employment for the nation, Kejriwal said a two-fold move was required to promote this.
"Existing procedures and rules need to be revisited and required to be changed and simplified. Secondly, policies have to be made on a proactive basis that encourage, rather than discourage business," he said.
(Posted on 17-02-2014)