Jaitley attacks Rahul, calls dynasty politics a 'burden'

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2017

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday took a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over his comments on dynasty politics in India.

"Some parties may think that being centered around dynasty is an asset, but in the long run it, becomes a burden", he said.

"I was ashamed to hear that while sitting in America, it was declared that dynasty is in the nature of this country", added Jaitley without taking Rahul's name.

Hitting back at those who have accused him of reaping the benefits of "dynasty politics", Rahul had said that the entire nation is running on it and hence, one should not go only after him.

Rahul's comments had drawn a lot of ire with many accusing him of portraying India in poor light in front of a global audience.

Last week, the Congress vice president, during a speech at the University of California in Berkeley, said, "Dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties".

"Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, M.K. Stalin, son of M. Karunanidhi of DMK, BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal's son Anurag Thakur, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's son Abhishek Bachchan, Dhirubhai Ambani's sons Mukesh and Anil were all examples of dynastic legacy in India", he had said. "That's what happens in India", the Gandhi scion had quipped.

Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that dynasty and democracy can not go together as democracy by definition is the will of the people.

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