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Number of seats in LS is 546: Latest addition to Rahul Gandhi's list of gaffes

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vice-president is currently in the United States and is amassing headlines with his well-crafted extempore even as he addressed the students at the in Berkeley.

Speaking on 'at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward', Rahul spoke about the contemporary and its way forward as the world's largest democracy. But what caught everybody's eye is a minor, but hopefully unintentional, gaffe.

While answering a question, he got the number of seats in the wrong.

Rahul said the number of seats in the Lower House was 546, not 545.

While a Legislative House cannot have an even number of seats, what's more unceremonic, in this incident, is that the Gandhi scion cannot go through an event without making innocent gaffes.

The "mispronounced" number had the Twitterati have a field-day.

One of the users tweeted, "Too much to expect #RahulGandhi to make it through the evening without at least a minor gaffe. (strength is 545 members, not 546.)"

Another tweeted, "#RahulGandhi says there are 546 (not 545) members in Lok Sabha! How can a legislative House have even number of members? #RGinUS"

"#RahulGandhi says there are 546 (not 545) members in Lok Sabha! How can a legislative House have even number of members?"

Another instance that added to Rahul's woes was when a woman (probably) asked a question not-to-the-liking of the leader and had her shut up.

But she wasn't someone to have been silenced without much retaliation. She retorted, "How is this free speech, if you are controlling what is being asked?"

The Gandhi scion, who is on a two-week visit to the United States, will interact with global thinkers, political leaders and NRIs.

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 10:28 IST