Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017

Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on dynasty politics a national disgrace: Jaitley

New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday termed the Congress scions latest observation on dynasty politics in India a “national disgrace”.

India was producing world leaders in various fields, including science and technology

“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 told Times Now news channel.

Speaking at an event at the University of California, Berkeley, on September 11, Rahul Gandhi had said that most Indian political parties were dynastic and Indian politics functioned like that.

Jaitley said that at a time when India was producing world leaders in various fields, including science and technology, medicine and economics, it was a national disgrace to tie up the country’s politics to dynasties.

“It is national disgrace for somebody to say as far as politics is concerned we can only depend on a few families. Please don’t forget politics influences policy. Therefore, politics deserves much better. It deserves the best.

“When you become prisoners to a dynasty, or a political system becomes crowd around a family, then at least in the 21st century you can’t get the best out of that system. I think India deserves much better than a leadership based only on dynasty,” the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.

Jaitley also said that no winds of change were blowing in the country against the ruling BJP as stray results here and there do not indicate a trend.

“… to pick up a stray result here and there and to say that winds of change are coming. Look at what happened in Andhra Pradesh. In a by-poll there, the Congress polled less than one per cent vote. In most states, the Congress is nowhere in the fight,” Jaitley said.

Commenting on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s performance in students union elections in Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and other universities, Jailtley said it was a “statistical victory” for Congress’ National Students Union of India.

“In JNU, the None Of The Above option had more support than the Congress candidate. I am told the ABVP lost the presidentship of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) because you had a person with a deceptively similar name as that of ABVP candidate, who had been put up to divide his votes,” he said.

“And he took away some 3,500 votes, resulting in a narrow defeat for the ABVP candidate. Now if the Congress calls this kind of statistical victory a wind of change, let the Congress live under illusion,” he said.

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