As Rahul Gandhi didn’t leave any stones unturned in painting an ambiguous picture of India at UC Berkeley, BJP too lashed out at his opinions.
This time around, Union Minister Smriti Irani, hit back at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for “belittling the PM” on an international stage and for saying “most of India runs” on dynastic succession. Irani’s comments came hours after the Rahul Gandhi’s speech in the US, at the University of California, Berkeley.
She called Rahul a “failed dynast” and said Indian democracy runs on merit as is exemplified by the fact that the “Prime Minister, President, vice president and even the BJP president aren’t from political backgrounds”.
Not just that, PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and vice president Venkaiah Naidu “all come from humble backgrounds”.
It was particularly infuriating that Rahul would choose to “belittle the PM” when travelling abroad.
“The fact that Rahul Gandhi chose to belittle the PM is not surprising, it is expected. But after failing to connect with the people of India, he chooses a platform of convenience to rebuke his political opponents,” said Irani.
According to Rahul Gandhi, dynastic succession is common in India’s most parts. “It’s a problem in all political parties in India. Most of the country runs like this, so don’t go after me,” Rahul Gandhi snapped and took humour as his defensive response.
Smriti Irani further quoted, “It shows the failed strategy of Rahul. That he’s going to an international stage to speak about his failed political journey in a country where people didn’t accept him.”
She emphasized that she was making these comments not as a member of the government, but as a BJP representative and called Rahul’s comments on dynasty an “anomaly” even as she harshly condemned them.
Irani further said, “That fact that he says dynasty is a hinge of India is an anomaly. Not surprising that a dynast has no good words to speak about cooperative federalism which is evident in today’s India.”
She also called Rahul Gandhi’s rare admission “fascinating” when he said “in 2012, arrogance had crept into the Congress”, which is why the party may have lost the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
“It was fascinating to watch that vice president of the Congress publicly proclaimed that under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, the Congress became arrogant. His confession is something for the Congress to delve into,” Smriti Irani added.