In my long innings, I have seen many sunrises and many sunsets; many good and bad times.
I have completed 43 years in politics and have been a minister of state, chief minister, and a Cabinet minister. A person who survives so many years is bound to face some attacks. It doesn't affect me because I know the truth.
I was leader of the Opposition when Vajpayee was PM. We attacked policies, not personalities, neither inside or outside the House.
We want those responsible for the attack on Zee TV to be arrested and punished.
This Sonia Gandhi thing should be seen in perspective - the people of India have an emotional attachment to the family. And why not? Three of the five Congress prime ministers belong to that family. The people empathise with the family name.
I have been president of the Indian Kabbadi Association, and likewise, I have been associated with various other sports as well.
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.
As far as my involvement in the Bajaj family affairs is concerned, it is a friendly gesture.
I met Lalit Modi in London once. He had apprehensions regarding coming back to India, as his security was withdrawn. He was not worried about cases filed against him.
If an industrialist can sell his products anywhere in India and the world, why should a farmer not be allowed to do so?
If I am a trader, and I know you have got ample stocks, why should I buy?
In 1978, when I was a non-Congress chief minister, we distributed surplus wheat among labourers. Later, when we visited a village, I asked a labourer whether he knew who sent the wheat. 'Yes, Indiraji - only Indiraji helps the poor.' Indiraji was a symbol for the weaker sections.
In politics, acceptability plays very important role. On one hand, acceptability among the coalition partners is required for smooth functioning of the government. On the other hand, acceptability among the people is needed to run the country.
I entered politics in 1967; since then, continuously, I am getting elected... Fortunately I never lost the elections.
I am fully aware that everybody has a right to succeed, and success should be with ethics.
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.
The agriculture ministry has to see that their good research percolates down to the fields through the state agricultural departments and the 70-odd state agricultural universities.
When I was agriculture minister, we drafted specific policies to tackle the agrarian crisis.
In agriculture, whatever you plan and execute takes 2-3 years to have an impact.
People want development, modern thinking. They want to encourage and support research in agriculture and other fields.
More and more agricultural land is being used for non-agricultural purposes. Whether it's any industry, express highway, or expansion of any city, agricultural land is being used.
Our policies for increasing agricultural production and productivity have been scale neutral; that is, our policies are equally effective irrespective of the size of the holdings.
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.
Running a government as chief minister and managing affairs of the nation are different things.
Indian cricketers need more exposure, and as cricket administrators, we need to beef up the domestic circuit. Only then will fresh talent come up.
If a politician is a successful administrator, certainly he has got every right to administer cricket.
Women have a better understanding of social issues, and better representation gives them an opportunity to address these issues.
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.