Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi, calling the Congress vice president’s latest comment on dynasty politics in India — a National Disgrace.
Arun Jately said, 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.
Speaking to students at the University of California, Berkeley, earlier this week, Gandhi defended dynasty politics. “It is a problem in all political parties in India but that was how most of the country runs, he said.
He added that former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, the son of Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, MK Stalin, the 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.
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,” Jaitley, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.
Arun Jaitley is an Indian politician and lawyer who is the current Finance Minister and Minister of Corporate Affairs in the BJP Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi ministry.
Earlier, The BJP president’s remarks came after Gandhi gave an explosive speech at Berkeley. Moments after Gandhi concluded his speech, comments from the political arena started pouring in – most of the comments, however, criticized Gandhi’s opinion on how most people in India follow a ‘dynastic’ architecture.
Look at Andhra Pradesh bypolls where the Congress got less than one per cent votes. In other states, Congress was nowhere in picture. In JNU, NOTA scored more than Congress. I am told that ABVP lost because the other candidate had a similar name, resulting in a narrow loss. If this kind of a statistical victory is perceived by Congress as wind of change, let it live under that illusion.