Kejriwal a leader worth betting on: Bajaj Auto CEO Rajiv Bajaj

By on February 19, 2014

Rajiv Bajaj, one of India’s leading industrialists, made his appreciation of former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal plain shortly after the Aam Aadmi Party leader spoke at a Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) event here on Monday.

“If I may say so, I am a fan of Arvind Kejriwal. And I hope he wouldn’t mind my saying this that I have had the occasion to meet him more than once … I resonate very strongly with his thoughts and ideologies,” the Bajaj Auto managing director told a TV news channel after the CII event.

Bajaj Auto managing director Rajiv Bajaj said, “My personal sense is Arvind Kejriwal is a leader who is worthy of having bets placed on.”

Admitting that he could not read the political mood in the country to hazard a guess on AAP’s performance in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Bajaj nevertheless emphasized his faith in the activist-politician told the news channel.

“Leadership makes all the difference. At the end of the day we have to bet on leaders. My personal sense is Arvind Kejriwal is a leader who is worthy of having bets placed on,” the business honcho said. The country, he said, is riddled with corruption and something as simple as getting one’s vehicle registered at the RTO (regional transport office) couldn’t be done without a bribe.

“If you’re conditioned then you get the government you deserve. But if you want to see change then I think, as someone said, if you want something new you have to stop doing something old,” Bajaj said.

Kejriwal’s outreach to business and industry leaders was peppered with comments that sought to allay their concerns that he was against corporates. “I am against crony capitalism,” Kejriwal had said.

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