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AAP will not make major impact during Lok Sabha polls: Gujral

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kapurthala, January 16, 2014
First Published: 21:17 IST(16/1/2014) | Last Updated: 21:17 IST(16/1/2014)

The Aam Admi Party (AAP) has formed a government in Delhi, but it would not make any major impact at the national level in the Lok Sabha elections, said Naresh Kumar Gujral, SAD MP. He, however, appreciated its performance in the national capital.

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Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of foundation day  function at Punjab Technical University, Gujral said, "People are, in fact, fed up with corruption and arrogance of leaders. They basically are looking for a change. AAP has converted this sentiment  of the people into votes. People are now showing their anger as they feel let down. Youngsters have given up a wake-up call for all the parties."

Recalling that even in the past, some leaders had taken path-breaking initiatives, he said, "In 1989, late Vishwanath Pratap Singh, former prime minister, was in the same game as Kejriwal. But, he had to seek the support of several other parties, mainly the Left, as one needed a sort of  alliance to convert the support into votes, only then one can make a mark at the national level. But, Kejriwal wants it to fight all alone and very little time is left with them to consolidate themselves at the national level."
 
He said, "The youth community will play a major role in Lok Sabha elections. There is a need for the parties to filed fresh faces with clean image. The parties have to shun politics of money, muscle and paid media. Even the parties have realised the fact that days of politics of money and power are over."

Gujral said that voters now understood that the country needed a strong leader, who could put the country on the path of development.
 
Answering queries of students of the university, he said that now is an age of ideas and "there is a need to remove disparities of income, provide quality education and skill development to youngsters, bridge the gap between demands of the industry and what the universities and institutes are creating".

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