Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dynastic succession’ remarks amounted to “acceptance of dynastic succession in Congress”, but it was an “insult” to the youth of the country who are carving a niche for themselves with their talent, hard work and dedication. “The Congress is facing defeat after defeat in the elections and even in Uttar Pradesh, which was the party bastion from the days of his (Rahul) great grandfather. The party won only seven out of 400 assembly seats, but there is no accountability,” he told reporters here.
The law minister asserted that there was no dynastic succession in BJP and right from Prime minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah to himself, “everyone has risen from the ranks due to their hard work”. Prasad was here in connection with ‘Himachal Mange Hisab’ campaign launched by the state BJP unit. He said the dream of Congress-free India was coming true and that at present, “68 per cent of the country was under the BJP rule and 13 chief ministers and five deputy chief ministers belong to the saffron party”.
The Union minister also hit out at the Congress-led Himachal Pradesh government, saying the focus of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was on his corruption cases while “governance has become a casualty”. Prasad, however, skirted questions on projecting a prominent name in the state assembly polls, which are slated later this year. The Information and Technology minister also sought to corner the state government on the Kotkhai Gudia gangrape and murder case. “The incident has exposed the state of law and order in the peaceful hill state and it is unfortunate that police officers of the rank of IG and DSP had been arrested, giving a new twist to the investigations,” he said.
He said as a law minister, he had written to all chief justices and chief ministers of states for time-bound justice to rape victims and senior citizens. Prasad said the BJP was the only party that spoke openly against triple talaq as it was “inhuman”. “It is not a religious issue. Twenty-two Muslim countries had already abolished it. It was also a question of gender equality, justice and dignity of women, and the prime minister was very clear on the issue,” he said.