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Aamne Samne with Kumar Vishwas

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishvas has said that while being in power for 49 days in Delhi, the party realised that its leaders were short on experience but added that it was a better situation than having those who are experienced and corrupt.

"Our leaders are not shrewd, but yes, they are naive. While running the government, we realized that they are short on experience but they are much better than those who are experienced and corrupt," the AAP leader said in an exclusive interview to News24 Editor-in-Chief Anurradha Prasad on popular weekly programme Aamne Saamne.

Vishvas will take on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in a high-stakes battle even though his campaign has been mildly hit by funds crunch of late. Vishvas agreed that the party has not been able to garner the kind of funds they were expecting for the Lok Sabha elections but stated that the party will not hesitate to ask the electorate to vote for the party.

"The party doesn't have the money. It needed Rs 300 crores but it has only Rs 10-15 crores in total. Who will it give the money to? I am a Brahmin and can always ask people for money. There is no harm in asking people for donations or knowledge or help of any kind and it doesn't lower your self esteem. I am asking them to help, to come with me and fight," he said.

On being asked if he was a 'Sanghi' and that is why speaks less against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Vishvas took the saffron outfit head on calling them a 'Betal' happily astride on the RSS, equating the latter with popular mythological character 'Bikram'.

"BJP seems to have taken the responsibility of being the caretaker of nationalism in the country. So when anyone talks of nationalism, he is assumed to be a part of the BJP. But no one else practices fake nationalism like the BJP. The Sangh is like a "Bikram" who is carrying the "Betal" (BJP) on its shoulders."

On Kumar Vishvas being sidelined by AAP, he said there was nothing of that sort and there was no internal politics within the party.

Kumar Vishvas said that he was very confident that he would win from Amethi. He added: "We have come to change the political scenario, not do politics."

While comparing Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, Vishvas said that Modi is much better since he has really worked hard to reach this position from being a mere "chaiwala".

Vishvas also added: "We had gone to cleanse the National Capital. And we will continue to do so even after the elections."

On his changed role from a poet to a politician, he said: "There are times when I want to listen to Nusrat Fateh ali Khan and also write poems. But there are time constraints. We are working very hard and we will work towards eradicating dishonesty and corruption from India."

Vishvas also said: "I'll do shows even after elections. I'll not compromise and I'll not change myself for anybody."

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