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Emotionally, a person is tied to the land of his birth. It’s only human.
– Sharad Pawar
I am used to controversies.
For running a country, team work is important, and the person at the helm has to enjoy teamwork.
Thackeray is an institution that cannot become irrelevant because of one election.
The Congress is a power-oriented party.
Whatever I feel, I say frankly.
The AICC is full of sycophants, nothing else.
During election time, I work over 21 hours. My day starts around 6 A.M., and I address meetings through the day. Between 10 P.M. and 2 A.M., I meet local leaders, where we discuss local issues and local problems.
BJP is a national party which runs the central government, and if I can take a decision on the future of all these parties, I must be a capable person. I am grateful that everybody is accepting my capability.
Marriage is no substitute for political experience.
Yes, Vajpayee and Advani are very clever speakers, but that does not mean everything they say is true.
One should not treat investors or a person who has set up an industry and is a successful businessman as criminals in this country. I am fully aware that everybody has a right to succeed, and success should be with ethics.
I am fully aware that everybody has a right to succeed, and success should be with ethics.
I have always believed in cordial relationship with political parties and their leaders.
I am very active in the co-operative movement. I am very active in agro-industrial growth. I am taking up the issues of the farmers of India. I am active in the field of education.
I might be popular, but that is not sufficient in a parliamentary democracy set-up. One has to assess every chief minister, his success and rating in terms of how far he has succeeded in developing his colleagues.
It was not a state secret that I would call on Thackeray. I was not hiding anything.
If my son enters politics, I will be able to guide him. He too would have learnt a lot from watching me, so he is less likely to make mistakes.
I have been worried about the future of Mumbai. It is the financial capital, an economic powerhouse that earlier had the highest air traffic, high port traffic, and strong industrial and manufacturing sectors.
I have been to China. I noticed that wherever you went, you could ask an ordinary citizen, and he would explain, in detail, about free markets and all the other jargon of liberalisation.
I could never muster the courage to speak to girls in my college in Pune. Most of them were Parsis and spoke English. I came from a village and could barely converse in English.
False perceptions are being created about me without an iota of proof.
Without dialogue, you cannot run parliament. You have to interact.
We will primarily focus on affordable housing, water supply and transport infrastructure, as these are critical for Mumbai. Infrastructure deficit is an issue in all urban areas.
I am worried about development in the field of information technology, communication, etc. So you cannot say that I have become inactive.
I believe in decentralized democracy.
The Gandhi family has a tradition of being good hosts. When you call upon them, they treat you with a lot of respect.
Sena under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray has failed. It is a party on the decline, and that decline started the day Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was formed.
It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the House functions.
I didn’t leave the Congress; I was expelled.