Arun Jaitley feels ashamed of Rahul Gandhi’s dynasty remark; here’s why

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New Delhi | Published: September 19, 2017 4:09:08 PM

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday took a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, calling the former's recent observation on dynasty politics in India as 'shameful'.

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday took a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, calling the former’s recent observation on dynasty politics in India as ‘shameful’. Speaking at an event, Jaitley said, “I feel ashamed when in United States of America it was said that dynasty politics is in the nature of India.” His comment was in reference to the event organised by the University of California in Berkeley, on 11 September, where Rahul Gandhi had said the most Indian political parties were dynastic and Indian politics functioned like that. “Some parties may think that being centered around dynasty is an asset but in the long run it becomes a burden,” Jaitley said further.

Even last week, the BJP senior leader had criticised Rahul Gandhi’s remark on Time Now news channel, calling it to be a ‘national disgrace’. “Rahul Gandhi’s statement (in the US) is a national disgrace and an onslaught on the wisdom of the Indian people. It is about time the real potential of the Indian democracy is realised. And that can be done only when merit, and merit alone, the ability to lead and the ability to deliver will really determine the leadership,” Jaitley had said while speaking to the channel.

Jaitley also said that at a time when the country is producing world leaders in various sectors including science, technology, pharmacy, economics and others, it was not appropriate to link country’s politics to dynasties. Jaitley thrashed the Congress leader, saying that politics influences polity and therefore it deserve much better respect.

During his visit to the US earlier this month, Gandhi was asked whether the Congress party was more associated with dynastic politics. Replying to which, he argued that India is being run by dynasties. “Most parties in India have that problem. Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin is a dynast and even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. So that’s how India runs. So don’t get after me because that’s how they India is run. By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So that’s what happens in India,” Gandhi had said.

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