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The Aam Aadmi Party has up-ended the calculations of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in the race for control of New Delhi in one of five state assembly elections later this year.
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Reuters spoke to Kejriwal at his New Delhi office about the state assembly election in December and his plans to root out corruption. Here are edited excerpts from the interview.
Are you confident of winning?
You see we were always fighting for winning. But (in) between we weren’t sure, frankly. Just like when Anna (Hazare’s anti-corruption) movement started, at that time before the movement, we had absolutely no clue that it will become so big … sense that I am getting now, is exactly the same sense, the same pulse of the people. The excitement in the people is much more than what it was during Anna’s movement.
People ask how can you remove corruption? You don’t have a magic wand.
Many things need to be done. Four immediate steps I can enumerate.
On corruption. First is, obviously Jan Lokpal Bill, which will create a very strong deterrence. That if you indulge in corruption, you will be punished. Swiftness and certainty of punishment will be ensured.