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Join politics, Kejriwal tells students at St Stephen’s

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 23, 2013
First Published: 21:04 IST(23/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:45 IST(24/8/2013)

Urging the youth to directly participate in politics, Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Friday told students at Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College to join his cause.

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“Join whichever party you must — Congress, BJP or the Aam Aadmi Party — but don’t stay away from politics. Dirty politics is the root cause of all our problems and unless we participate collectively, we cannot hope to bring about any change,” Kejriwal said.

While he mentioned several issues such as corruption within the state and at the Centre, Kejriwal pointed specifically at education, which he said needed immediate attention and correction.

He said while there were government schools to take care of education for several lakh students in the city, the funds were channelised towards private schools run by Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

“There are 3,000 Delhi government schools but very few in which education is carried out properly. If all these schools are brought on a par with the city’s private schools, which are owned by MLAs, none of these children will be disadvantaged. That is a priority for AAP because all these children need to grow up with a sound educational backing so that they can participate in the country’s functioning,” he added.

Bringing into focus Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement, Kejriwal said it was imperative to join the political system in order to push the Lokpal Bill through.

“Two years back, Anna Hazare launched his anti-corruption campaign at the Ramlila ground. Since then, he has been on a fast thrice and I joined hands with him twice. But each time we wanted the Lokpal Bill enacted, the government challenged us and told us to join politics and then push for the bill,” said Kejriwal.


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