Need to change the VIP culture: Kejriwal

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 18:36 hrs

Social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the country belongs to VIP (Very Important Person) and not to the ordinary people, urging the need to change the culture.

"Now the country is meant for VIP people and not to ordinary people," Kejriwal, who founded the Aam Aadmi Party recently, said while addressing at the PanIIT Alumni Global Conference 2012 here.

Kejriwal made the remarks while speaking on the topic, ´The future of clean politics in India´, at the conference.

"There should be only one VIP in the country-the Aam Aadmi," said Kejriwal, an alumnus of the IIT. He had studied mechanical engineering at IIT Kharagpur and joined Tata Steel right after his graduation. .

The social activist turned politician said they were forced into politics.

"Politics was thrust upon us. In the last two years there were huge anti-corruption movement under Anna Hazare. We were demanding Jan Lokpal.

"In the last one and half years we tried everything.We met political parties, we sat on fast...We were left with no other options but to join politics. This was a challenge and we accepted it," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal said: "Since we launched our political outfit, we told politicians that we will change your politics."

The social activist turned politician said they want to ´make politics clean´.

Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon councillor Nisha Singh, Somnath Bharti, founder partner of Bharti & Associates, and Mustan Tambawala were other speakers.

Speaking on the future of politics, Bharti said: "Country is waiting for good people.Good guys give good governance."

Tambawala said the challenges before clean politics include issues like ´getting clean, competent and credible candidates, clean funding and united front for clean politics."

The PanIIT Alumni Global conference 2012 started in Kolkata on Friday and will continue till Dec 9.

The PanIIT Alumni Association was formed in 2002 to gather all graduating IITians from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) since 1955 under one umbrella and engage them in initiatives of common interest.

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