Jairam Ramesh praises New Zealand PM: ‘Indian politics needs more like her’

BySnehashish Roy
Jan 19, 2023 09:51 AM IST

The Congress MP said in a tweet that PM Ardern follows ‘Merchant’s maxim' pointing towards the timing of her announcement to resign.

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh on Thursday expressed his desire for Indian politics to have somone like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who recently announced her resignation from the position at her party's annual meet. Drawing parallel from the words of famous cricketer-commentator Vijay Merchant, Ramesh interpreted Ardern's stepping down as a move that "follows Merchant's maxim”.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. (PTI)
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. (PTI)

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“Legendary cricket commentator, Vijay Merchant once said about retiring at the peak of his career:Go when people ask why is he going instead of why isn't he going. Kiwi PM, Jacinda Ardern has just said she is quitting following Merchant's maxim. Indian politics needs more like her,” he said in a tweet.

PM Ardern announced her resignation amid protests and demonstration in the country by certain sections. She will conclude her term no later than February 7.

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“I’m leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility. The responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not. I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple,” she said.

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    Snehashish is a content producer at Hindustan Times. A driven journalist with hands-on experience in print, digital and broadcast. A Jadavpur University alumnus who believes everything is come-at-able.

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