AMN / New Delhi
BJP on Tuesay slammed Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP on foriegn soil. Party said he was a failed dynast and failed politician. Briefing media in New Delhi, party leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani attacked him saying Mr. Gandhi’s admission that the Congress had turned arrogant since 2012 is a reflection on Sonia Gandhi’s leadership.
Ms Irani hit out at him for his remarks on dynasties citing the examples of President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to argue that the top three constitutional positions are held by people with humble backgrounds. She said, it proves that merit, not dynasty, drove India’s robust democracy.
The Minister said, Mr Gandhi’s remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP are not surprising. She added that the people of the country, where he leads a political party, no longer support him so he is expressing his pain abroad. Taking a dig at his developmental vision for India, the Information and Broadcasting Minister said, people should visit Amethi, his parliamentary constituency, to see how much development Mr. Gandhi had done.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also attacked Mr Rahul Gandhi, saying he gets wisdom when he is outside India. He said, there is a tradition that leaders don’t talk about domestic politics overseas, but Rahul Gandhi did not pay attention to this established tradition.
On the other hand, Congress leader Anand Sharma hit back at the BJP for its criticism of Rahul Gandhi’s remarks, and said, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is guilty of insulting India on foreign soil.
Earlier, in his speech at University of California in Berkeley, Mr Rahul Gandhi brushed off suggestions that the Congress is synonymous with dynastic politics saying, dynasties are a fact of life in India, whether it is politics or business. He said, most parties in India have that problem. He however, insisted that the real test of a person is not pedigree, but ability.
Mr. Gandhi also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of divisive politics and causing damage to India’s economy with decisions like demonetisation and GST. Responding to a question, Mr. Gandhi said that he is absolutely ready to take up an executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so.