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How does it matter who becomes the prime minister: Delhi CM Kejriwal

IANS  New Delhi, January 03, 2014
First Published: 15:32 IST(3/1/2014) | Last Updated: 18:39 IST(3/1/2014)

Political parties need to address issues concerning ordinary people instead of constantly debating about the next prime minister, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Friday.

"How does it matter who becomes the prime minister?" the Aam Aadmi Party leader told the media.

Kejriwal's comments came shortly after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared he won't seek a third term and that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was a fit candidate for the country's top job.

"The government has increased the price of (cooking gas) cylinder by Rs. 220. How will the poor survive?

"They (political parties) do not address these issues but spend the entire day talking about who will be the prime minister of the country."

Meanwhile, Singh, whose government has been facing attack on the issue of corruption, admitted that it was an issue and AAP had been able to "make success out of their concerns of eradication of corruption". "People of India have reposed confidence in the AAP party in Delhi. I think we must respect the democratic process," he said while responding to a question on AAP's electoral success in the national capital.

"Only time will tell whether this experiment is capable of dealing with the challenges that our economy and polity faces. It is too early, less than a week. They must be given time and chance to justify themselves," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)


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