Parveen Amanullah was the first woman Muslim minister in Bihar till she resigned last month from Nitish Kumar’s cabinet. Currently the face of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Bihar, she says the UPA government at the Centre has failed to implement its policies.
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Excerpts from the exclusive interview:
How are you selecting AAP candidates in Bihar?
The application and the screening process had started much before I joined AAP. But Arvind did not like many of the candidates’ profiles and some changes were made. We are looking for clean, secular candidates. We want to fight in all 40 seats of Bihar. We have very little time to prepare but we need to act now to save this country.
What will be your talking points in Bihar?
The country, and not just Bihar, needs a break from the ideologies of the BJP and the Congress. Their administration and governance lack integrity and effectiveness. Both have supported corruption. In Bihar, our fight is against Nitish Kumar. Yes, he is personally an honest man, but there is rampant corruption in his administration.
Your critics accuse you of deserting the JD(U) when Kumar’s chips were down.
How does one person’s exit affect such a large party? And let me tell you, JD(U) is Bihar is still a very strong force. I left because it became very difficult for me to work. The government policies were not framed in the best interests of the people. Many policies and projects got passed despite my strong objections.
Rahul Gandhi also talks about RTI and women’s empowerment. Isn’t he making all the right noises?
I do not deny that UPA government had enacted the RTI law. But they had no intention to make it work. Has Rahul filed even one RTI to give the movement a boost? There is no shortage of policies, but not much is happening on the ground.
Last question, if AAP sees a chance to form a government with BJP or Congress, should it grab the opportunity?
No. Arvind should sit in the opposition at any cost. And I am sure he will do that.