I am fully aware that everybody has a right to succeed, and success should be with ethics.
In my long innings, I have seen many sunrises and many sunsets; many good and bad times.
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.
I am used to controversies.
I entered politics in 1967; since then, continuously, I am getting elected... Fortunately I never lost the elections.
Whether some may like it or not, I am still the farmer that I was born as and will continue to be one.
The Congress is a power-oriented party.
Emotionally, a person is tied to the land of his birth. It's only human.
I think criticism of good work should stop somewhere.
I didn't leave the Congress; I was expelled.
If an industrialist can sell his products anywhere in India and the world, why should a farmer not be allowed to do so?
The Gandhi family has a tradition of being good hosts. When you call upon them, they treat you with a lot of respect.
I could never muster the courage to speak to girls in my college in Pune. Most of them were Parsis and spoke English. I came from a village and could barely converse in English.
In politics one should not expect big jumps. Everything takes time.
Marriage is no substitute for political experience.
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