1. Rahul Gandhi Berkeley speech: Another blunder by Cong VP, says number of seats in Lok Sabha is 546

Rahul Gandhi Berkeley speech: Another blunder by Cong VP, says number of seats in Lok Sabha is 546

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is currently in the United States and is amassing headlines with his well-crafted extempore even as he addressed the students at the University of California in Berkeley.

By: | Published: September 12, 2017 10:41 AM
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is currently in the United States and is amassing headlines with his well-crafted extempore even as he addressed the students at the University of California in Berkeley. (Image: ANI)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is currently in the United States and is amassing headlines with his well-crafted extempore even as he addressed the students at the University of California in Berkeley. Speaking on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, Rahul spoke about the contemporary India and its way forward as the world’s largest democracy. But what caught everybody’s eye is a minor, but hopefully unintentional, gaffe.

While answering a question, he got the number of seats in the Lok Sabha wrong. Rahul said the number of seats in the Lower House was 546, not 545. While a Legislative House cannot have an even number of seats, what’s more unceremonic, in this incident, is that the Gandhi scion cannot go through an event without making innocent gaffes.

The “mispronounced” number had the Twitterati have a field-day.

One of the users tweeted, “Too much to expect #RahulGandhi to make it through the evening without at least a minor gaffe. (Lok Sabha strength is 545 members, not 546.)

Another tweeted, “#RahulGandhi says there are 546 (not 545) members in Lok Sabha! How can a legislative House have even number of members? #RGinUS”

Another instance that added to Rahul’s woes was when a woman (probably) asked a question not-to-the-liking of the Congress leader and had her shut up. But she wasn’t someone to have been silenced without much retaliation. She retorted, “How is this free speech, if you are controlling what is being asked?”

The Gandhi scion, who is on a two-week visit to the United States, will interact with global thinkers, political leaders and NRIs.

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    Dr Fazila
    Sep 13, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    Wen India voted for mr modi,v wanted the man who took us ahead without discriminating on basis of religion. I still feel that Man exists, plz ask him to reflect on the past few controversial incidents. Y hate policy? Y to use hate at all? Is he confused? Or is he being used? He has the most powerful post in India. He better come back to the real reality that he has adopted an entire country, he needs to encourage small businesses in every walk of life, he needs to help the poor earn a respectable meal, stop these meaningless economic changes, aim for safety n security of Indians, stop bragging n start actually BEING the pm of India, not just acting. The rich don't need any more support, they r rich, remember? It's the middle class n the poor, the heart of India. Farmers committing suicide, now doctors n businessmen will also start.plz b the pm of India, not a handful of hate loving criminals 🙏 Lov educated India
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      Varun Mahla
      Sep 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm
      Rahul clearly got the number wrong but what's this nonsense about a legislative house can't have even number of members. Rajasthan Assembly has 200 members, Delhi Assembly has 70 members, Rajya Sabha has 250 members of which 238 are elected.
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        Ajay
        Sep 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm
        Congress and opposition need a fresh narrative , probably delivered by a competent person whose words carry weight , the current situation is a status quo which is not going to lead them anywhere and effect the changes they propose. Seventy years of their rule can not claim the progress , the gap between what should have been done and what is done is huge and can be blamed on congress. If they have to make a change , they have to get the alternative plan on the table. Blaming one person never works in the long term as the opposition found out in seventies and eighties
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        1. Samir Shah
          Sep 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm
          He is the joker of the decade. But criticizing Indian politics, Indian parties and people in international arena is not a good sign. This is Depth of Cheapness from Mr. Gandhi, such topics should not be discussed in international forums. They are in-house issues. Absolutely pathetic political gimmick, he now stands as a completely degraded personality and I wonder why is Congress not feeling so ashamed of this disgust leading the party.
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            Neelam
            Sep 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm
            We should not go for such clerical mistakes better if if we put our energy in analysing the the working of present govt. implementation of the policies of previos govt by the present one.the economic situation social environment, security of our country
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              Saji kumar
              Sep 12, 2017 at 12:47 pm
              How can we have a person going to an international university and keep talking about his own family's achievements and insult his country and his government. Why cannot he speak good of his country and not try to demean everything that is happenning " when congress is not in power" . Shame. Does he mean there is no progress when Vajpayee ruled, MOrarji ruled and now Modi. Can India not make a choice or change in a democracy? If RG really believes this is a Democracy then what is the other choice India will have? Can we not have and experience a decent term from a non congress party without having to spend such huge amounts of time answering dirty mud slinging questions.? This is the at ude which has made our country remain a 'developing'nation even after 70 years. Shame and Regrets.
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                kvjayan
                Sep 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm
                You may also include the period when Shri LB Shastri was the PM. Congis rarely talk about him, as if he never existed!
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