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SP chief Akhilesh defends Rahul's 'India being run by dynasties' remark

Rahul is my friend and the friendship will continue, Akhilesh adds

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Akhilesh Yadav, SP chief, Samajwadi Party
amajwadi Party President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during a press conference at party office, in Lucknow. Photo: PTI

SP chief today defended leader for his remark that was being run by dynasties, saying world history was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background.

Yadav was speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters when he was asked to comment on Gandhi's speech. The vice president had cited examples of the SP, the DMK and even Bollywood to buttress his point that several prominent Indians were born into famous families.

The is an alliance partner of the and the two parties had contested the Assembly elections jointly.

Yadav said across the world, there were a number of examples where people got the opportunity to come to politics due to their family.

"Whatever has been said for dynastic politics, the is extremely worried. Rahul is my friend, whatever he said would have been in the context of UP and politics," he said.

"Had he been asked about US politics, he would have mentioned said that in America there was a president whose son also became a president. Then there was one president, whose wife also wanted to be a president. There are number of such examples in world democracy," he said.

History was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background, he said.

Replying to a question Akhilesh stressed, "Rahul is my friend and the friendship will continue."

On Tuesday, addressing students at the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi had said, "Most parties in have that problem So...Mr is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast...Even Abhishek Bachchhan is a dynast."

"So that's how runs. So don't get after me because that's how they India is run. By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That's also going on in Infosys. So that's what happens in India," he had said.

Akhilesh, taking potshots at the government in UP, alleged, "The budget has hampered development. No new project has been started in the past six months."

The former chief minister challenged the present government to work better than him.

On family feud and his equations with father and uncle Shivpal Yadav, Akhilesh ducked the question saying, "I will not say anything."

Akhilesh also attacked the Yogi Adityanath government for stopping his Gomti riverfront project and said the government should have developed another stretch more beautiful than the existing one.

"Our Gomti river front is more beautiful than Sabarmati," he said.

Referring to the launch of the bullet train project in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, he also hit out at the on the allegations that were raised against him for launching schemes for Saifai (Etawah), his native place.

"They (BJP) used to say that I launch schemes for Saifai. I have relation with the place. But now they will not be able to say this," he said.

When asked about reports of "meagre compensation" to farmers, he said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has promised entire loan waiver of farmers but it was not done."

"CM (Adityanath) has approached the PM, the Niti Ayog, the finance minister and the RBI but with no help from anyone has waived loan (up to Rs one lakh) from his own resources. This is insufficient and farmers are disappointed," he claimed.

"The expenses on advertisement, arrangement of laon waiver programmes etc would have been more that the loan disbursal," he claimed.

First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 16:26 IST