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Updated: January 5, 2014 02:41 IST

Banker Meera Sanyal quits job to join Kejriwal’s ranks

Priyanka Kakodkar
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Ms. Sanyal says she decided to enter politics full-time because it was "essential to take a stand and participate constructively in the political process rather than just criticise the system."

She is not new to politics but India Inc’s Meera Sanyal has now taken the plunge, quitting her job as chairperson of the Royal Bank of Scotland (India) to join the Aam Aadmi Party.

She hopes to contest the Lok Sabha election from Mumbai South, where she, as an Independent, lost to Milind Deora of the Congress in 2009.

Ms. Sanyal says she decided to enter politics full-time because it was “essential to take a stand and participate constructively in the political process rather than just criticise the system.”

‘Natural choice’

The AAP was a natural choice after she met its convener Arvind Kejriwal in May and was impressed with his idealism. Her husband and she campaigned for the AAP ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections.

She feels optimistic after the Delhi mandate. “Corruption and poor governance affect all of us. The AAP’s success in Delhi has sent a message of hope throughout the country that people with ideals and integrity can not only stand [for] but also win elections,” she says.

How does the banker reconcile to the AAP’s economic policies and its electoral promises of free water and cheap power in Delhi?

“Their policies are pragmatic. They favour enterprise and education and focus on decentralised local governance and grass-roots accountability. Markets will function freely only when competition flourishes and there is a level-playing field. Crony capitalism and corruption distort markets,” she says.

Defends power policy

Defending the AAP promise of cheap power in the capital, Ms. Sanyal says the party believes that expenses “have been grossly exaggerated by the electricity distributor and that meters are faulty, leading to high tariffs. Once corrected, tariffs will decrease across the board.”

But her focus is the country’s financial capital, which she feels has become “a very difficult place to live and work in.” Improving infrastructure, housing and jobs will be her priorities.

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Madam. Would have been much happier had you decided to contest on BJP
ticket. I'm sure you could have achieved much more. Not sure of a party
like AAP that I see more like a builder who is wants to add 30 floors to
a building when he can only build 2. Doesn't realize that he can go only
so high when the foundation is so shallow.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Jan 7, 2014 at 00:04 IST

Good. Its a wise decision to join AAP.
The serious disease of our country today is corruption. Persons with good ideals and integrity are inevitable for our country's progress and development. Through AAP, a good message has been sent to the people. If I am given a chance, I am also very much interested to do something for the welfare of people in India. As Ms.Meera Sanyal mentioned, Persons with pragmatic outlook need in our country in order to bring drastic changes in our socio, economic and political system. ‘ Welfare of the people is our slogan’. I hope, AAP would adopt good strategy for transforming the entire socio,economic and political system in our country.
Best Wishes Ms.Meera Sanyal.

from:  RAJENDRAN CHANDRASEKHARANNAIR
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014 at 10:44 IST

I fully agree that there is need for professional persons with un-
corrupt mindset to support this cause. I am a physician practicing in
USA but very tempted to join hands to help save India from corruption. I
will be very satisfied if I can help in any way even if that means
leaving my profession, return back to India and joining politics full
time.

from:  DR ANUPA DEOGAONKAR
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 19:41 IST

Great! The only option that offers a glimmer of hope to our country is educated folk taking the
plunge into politics. It augurs well for our future and wish more follow her footsteps.

from:  A Arun
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 18:57 IST

It is not enough to quit a CEO post or whatever. What sanctity is there for someone holding millions worth shares of a company or a few companies entering power politics ? How will such a person work for common people ? In all likelihood such a person will advocate policies that boosts profits of companies rather than policies for the welfare of common people. AAP better beware of corporate implants to its rank. Politicians and bureaucracy are only one end of corruption chain. At the other end are Corporates. In all of the scams we heard the Corporates were the ones who made big kill at the cost of countries resources.

from:  Janarddan
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 18:49 IST

Wonderful news : young professionals like you are joining politics for the good of the country. Let us free our country a second time : now from our own brown Sahibs who behave worse than the British with no thought for the common man and with no brains for doing any good for the vast majority.

from:  GN Setty
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 13:47 IST

Good. Its a wise decision to join AAP.
The serious disease of our country today is corruption. Persons with good ideals and integrity are inevitable for our country's progress and development. Through AAP, a good message has been sent to the people. If I am given a chance, I am also very much interested to do something for the welfare of people in India. As Ms.Meera Sanyal mentioned, Persons with pragmatic outlook need in our country in order to bring drastic changes in our socio, economic and political system.

Best Wishes Ms.Meera Sanyal.

from:  RAJENDRAN CHANDRASEKHARANNAIR
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 11:39 IST

My hope and trust in improvement of the country is increased. Politics is too important to be left to politicians alone. Our constitution did not envision politicians as a class or career or business. Too bad that todays politicians take politics as their primary and family business.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 07:52 IST

One Urdu poem says: Hum akele hi chale thea janib-e- manzil magar: log aate hi gaye aur karvan bantagaya:
God-speed to AAP and new commers.

from:  Haque M A
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 03:13 IST

One hopes Mr.Kejriwal is well tutored in the long history of how 'money
men' have subverted to personal profit the noble ideals and objectives
of great leaders. The great James Madison said the following regarding
bankers - "History records that the money changers have used every form
of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain
their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance".
Ms.Sanyal's reference to 'free markets' should ring a deafening and
raucous bell for every member of the AAP. The phrase 'free markets' is
a euphemism for 'what is in it for me?’ While Ms.Sanyal's aspirations
are laudable, her focus on the 'free market' instead of the common good
in pursuing public service needs scrutiny. In the West today, the
financial industry has established a revolving door between Treasury
Departments and Central Banks to Wall Street and 'The City' as London's
financial hub is termed. India will do well not to contract this
deadly disease.

from:  Anand Richard
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 02:07 IST

It really keeps the hope alive when people like you decides to join the
movement...we are with you Mrs. Sanyal

from:  hemant
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 01:40 IST
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