Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressed students at the University of California, Berkeley on Tuesday.
While speaking on the issue of ‘India at 70’, he took jibes on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for its economic policies and the spiraling conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said, “Most of the country runs like this. That’s how India works. Dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties. Akhilesh (Yadav), (MK) Stalin and even (actor) Abhishek Bachchan are dynasts. Even (Prem Kumar) Dhumal’s son (Anurag Thakur) is a dynast, so don’t go just after me.”
Earlier this month, the BJP president Amit Shah while coming down heavily on major political parties for promoting dynastic politics said, “Neither the Congress nor the BJD has internal democracy. Both the parties are driven by dynastic politics.”
“Since people of the country have rejected dynastic politics, major political parties, including the Congress, are getting squeezed providing their space to the BJP to grow exponentially”, he added.
After the address, Rahul Gandhi was also asked about what the Congress was doing to solve its problems, to which he replied “Any party which has been in power for 10 years will run into a problem. It is natural. The vision we had laid out in 2004 was for 10 years.Congress, unlike the BJP and RSS, is basically a conversation. Most of my work is sitting in a room and listening to people.”
He added, “If you look at most of the things BJP is doing, they are things we said. The central architecture is that they borrowed from us. But that architecture does not work now because we know it stopped working”.
On being asked whether Rahul would become the Congress president soon, he said that he was ready to head Congress but the decision was not his.