Rahul Gandhi today spoke candidly on several critical issues, including the poor performances of Congress in the elections. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then Gujarat Chief Minister, had led BJP to a historic win in the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls, the grand old party managed to bag mere double digit seats. Pollsters and psephologists had then come up with a raft of reasons behind the Congress’ dismal performance. The Party Vice President on Tuesday revealed that around 2012, ‘arrogance crept into’ Congress. “We stopped having conversations with people,” Rahul claimed. He, however, also underscored that “Congress decides policy and vision through conversations and not by imposition.” Rahul said this while addressing students of the prestigious University of California, Berkeley on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, in which he offered his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy.
BJP has often blamed the dynasty politics for the poor performance of the Congress. Rahul has defended the tradition saying, “even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast and also Ambani, that’s how entire country is running.”
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Meanwhile, the Congress yesterday said Gandhi was visiting the United States to present the opposition’s perspective on contemporary India and the way forward for the world’s largest democracy. Hitting out at the BJP for criticising Gandhi’s US visit, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the party vice president has gone abroad only 0.0001 per cent as compared to PM Modi. “If you calculate, Rahul Gandhi’s foreign visits constitute barely .001 per cent of the visits made by PM Narendra Modi abroad. But it has become a habit of some people (like BJP) to make fun of this and crack jokes. The BJP has become a master at doing it,” Singhvi said.