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Rahul's remarks on dynasty politics a 'national disgrace': Arun Jaitley

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

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitley at the Conclave on Financial Inclusion by United Nations in New Delhi. Photo: Dalip Kumar
Arun Jaitley at the Conclave on Financial Inclusion by United Nations in New Delhi. Photo: Dalip Kumar

Launching a scathing attack on Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister on Thursday termed the scion's latest observation on dynasty in a "disgrace".

"Rahul Gandhi's statement (in the US) was a disgrace and an onslaught on the wisdom of the Indian people. It is about time the real potential of the Indian democracy was realised. And that can be done only when merit, and merit alone, and the ability to lead and 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, had said that most Indian political parties were dynastic and Indian functioned like that.

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

"It is disgrace for somebody to say as far as is concerned we can only depend on a few families. Please don't forget influences policy. Therefore, 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 deserves much better than a leadership based only on dynasty," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.

First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 08:59 IST
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