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Ready to be CM of Goa if people want: Rajdeep

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PANAJI
Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai on Saturday said that if the people of Goa want him to become chief minister then he would be ready to take up the responsibility. However, he opined that the people of the state would not want him to leave journalism and join politics.
Denying speculations that he would be chief ministerial candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party for the 2017 Goa assembly elections, Sardesai said that if any journalist becomes a politician then he has to quit journalism.
“Unlike other occupations which can be continued even after being a politician, like that of a lawyer who can practise even after becoming a politician, journalism is not so. However, if the people of Goa tell me to be chief minister then I am ready. At the same time I can assure you that no one will do that,” he responded to a question at a programme organised by a local Marathi daily to felicitate him.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, he said that his joining AAP are only speculations and should be left at that, as at no point he has given indications that he will take up politics.
He further said that till he remains a journalist there is no question of entering politics. He would have to give up journalism, which he does not intend to at the moment.
“I’m a proud Goan and my father is the only Goa-born cricketer to have played for India. I love Goa but that does not qualify me to be a chief minister or politician. One has to work for the people of Goa and live here, spend all his time and win the trust of the people. If that happens one day in the future, who knows… but today I don’t think about it,” he said.
Responding to a question on his support for the AAP, Sardesai said that while he has expressed support on issues, he has also been critical of AAP, the way he has been with other parties.
“At the moment I’m not with AAP and what the future holds… let’s leave it to the future,” he added.
Speaking about the political scenario of the state, he said that Goa needs a change and young people need to see new faces.
Even if the AAP comes to the state it will have to connect with the local people. It can’t be a Delhi-based party; it has to be a party of Goa. The future for any party is when they reflect Goa’s aspirations, he stated.
Expressing support to regional parties, he said the regional parties will grow and West Bengal and Tamil Nadu are the best examples. Whether BJP or Congress, all national parties have to go to Delhi for their work. However, regional parties have their high command within the state.
“Delhi politics is over and Delhi-based politics cannot survive any longer,” he emphasized.
He said the Congress has been in crisis as regional parties have been eating into Congress votes. A look at the Trinamool Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party illustrates this. Both the parties split from the Congress and took along with them votes of the Congress.
He said the dynasty politics of the Congress cannot sustain long as the young India wants meritocratic leaders.
“I still feel Rahul Gandhi is yet to spend a day out there and display hard work. May be then the people of India will accept him as a leader,” he added.

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