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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Wasted 6 years in Rajya Sabha, says Anu Aga at event in Pune

The 74-year-old former chairperson of Thermax Limited was speaking at ‘Meet the Stalwart’ function arranged by Janseva Foundation

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 13, 2019 14:34 IST
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Janaseva Foundation held a ‘live’ interview of Anu Aga, former Rajya Sabha member and director, Thermax, at the Balgandharva Rang mandir on Tuesday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Anu Aga, a former Rajya Sabha member and director, Thermax, described her time as a Parliamentarian as a “wastage of six years” while speaking at a public interview in Pune on Tuesday.

She, however, spoke fondly of former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her time as one of the 12 members of the National Advisory Council (NAC) to the central government.

“I think I wasted my six years. It was absolutely something I didn’t enjoy and I’m glad it is over. I would not wish it on my worst enemy also. When I went there, I wasted my time because most of the times it was not functioning; it would get adjourned, there will be shouting and screaming and going to the well. Nobody respects people’s opinions. Everyone wants to say their own bit,” said an angry Aga.

The 74-year-old former chairperson of Thermax Limited was speaking at ‘Meet the Stalwart’ function arranged by Janseva Foundation.

Rajya Sabha member Narendra Jadhav was present in the audience as Aga spoke.

Aga advised the audience that as voters, people should send better representatives to Parliament and hold them accountable.

“Hold them accountable! The country is spending a lot of money. You need to demand more of them. They have to look after education. After 70 years, what kind of education are we offering to the poor,” she asked.

The outspoken industrialist said that after 70 years of freedom, India has the highest number of malnourished children in the world- more than Sub Saharan Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

When asked to comment on the performance of the current government, she said, “No comments. I’m not suicidal.”

Aga spoke fondly of the National Advisory Council which, she said, she had joined before become an MP. She dismissed the criticms against NAC and said, ”Sonia Gandhi did a wonderful thing. She had mostly activists and NGOs telling her how to reach out to the poor.”

Aga stands in support of #MeToo movement

Felicitated for her work as an industrialist, parliamentarian, NAC member and founder of Teach for India initiative, among other things, Aga spoke in support of the MeToo movement.

She said that the #MeToo movement had shown that men cannot take women for granted. “They cannot treat them like their toys - use them and throw them away. Women will not tolerate it,” she said.

First Published: Mar 13, 2019 14:33 IST