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   Mr. Vasantrao Patil, after you retire as governor of Rajasthan... (October 27, 1987)

Mr. Vasantrao Patil, after you retire as governor of Rajasthan, what do you intend to do?

Well, as you know, I have made it quite clear that I will have nothing to do with politics. I have had a long innings in politics of more or less 55 years, and it is time that I was out of it.

Yes, but once you are out of politics, what will you do Mr. Patil?

Mainly constructive work. I have always felt that Congressmen should return to constructive work once they reach a certain age. That is what Gandhiji taught us. Politics is not the ultimate goal in a true Congressman's life. So, to return to your question, I will do constructive work.

What sort of contructive work will it be, Mr. Patil?

You know that constructive work is, everybody knows. It will have nothing to do with politics, though I will continue to be a Congressman, mind you. Just because youresign as Congressman does not mean you get out of the Congress. I have been a Congressman for more than 56 years and I will continue to be one till I die.

Yes, Mr. Patil, but what work will you be doing as a Congressman?

Mainly constructive work. After all, it is so much more important than political work. I will leave politics to other and concentrate on constructive work. There comes a time when a Congressman has to do constructive work. Look at Gandhiji, he never wanted political power.

Yes, Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan also did not want and also Mr. V. P. Singh.

I do not think you should compare me with V. P. Singh. I have nothing to do with him, my farmers' meeting is not associated with him, but the press keeps associating me with him. I am only interested in constructive work and for that you do not have to be associated with anybody.

Mr. Patil, will constructive work include looking after the sugar cooperatives?

I do not wish to engage myself in a verbal battle with the chief minister. After all, what does he know about the cooperative movement. Let me tell the chief minister, the entire economy of Western Maharashtra is based on the sugar cooperatives.

Which chief minister are you referring to! Chief minister do change, you know. As I have already said, I am going to be totally out of politics after my 70th birthday. Fifty-five years is enough for politics. If the sugar cooperatives come is constructive work, them I will certainly deal with them.

Mr. Patil, if the state and its people really want you back as chief minister, will you agree?

I cannot answer that question at this stage. Let us, for the time being, concentrate on constructive work.

 
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