Congress, BJP wrangle over Rahul Gandhi's controversial Berkeley speech

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also sought to deflect criticism that the Congress was a dynastic party, saying he shouldn't be singled out because "that's how India runs", be it in politics, business or the film industry. "Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast; Mr Stalin is a dynast; Mr Dhumal's son (Anurag Thakur) is a dynast; even Mr Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast", he said.

Sensing that Gandhi's speech at University of California, Berkeley is an attempt for an image makeover for the Congress vice-president, Irani and Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad separately launched a no-holds barred counter attack. "If the responsibility is vested in me, I am ready to take it", he added.

"For nine years I worked behind the scenes with PM Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh and others on J&K", said Rahul. He said that there is no dynasty of merit in politics in place of merit. "Violence against anybody, I strongly condemn", the Congress leader said during the Q&A session.

Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Randeep Singh Surjewala reminded the BJP of an event when the Prime Minister had "criticised" India during one of his visits to Japan. On his efforts to carry out a reorganisation in the Congress party, Gandhi said he was trying to make young people and senior leaders work together.

She said his admission that the Congress had turned arrogant since 2012 was a reflection on Sonia Gandhi's leadership.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has once again made a goof up, this time on global land when he spoke about a number of Lok Sabha seats.

From nepotism to Congress' downfall in Indian politics, Gandhi spoke about everything in this much-needed address for his political career. "The government does not need his certificate and they also know that Mr Gandhi will not give such a certificate".

"Dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties".

Gandhi, who is on a two-week visit to the U.S. to interact with political leaders, global thinkers and overseas Indians, spoke on the political environment in the country, the Congress party, the effects of demonetisation among other issues. And it was pretty clear that the vision that we laid out in 2004 by the time we arrived in 2010-11 was not working anymore.

"So, I do agree with the idea of Make in India.I like it.orientation is slightly different", he added.

".There is a tremendous machine, thousand people or so, and all they do is spread rumours about me". That [is] how entire country is run. It shows the failed strategy of Rahul Gandhi.

Rattled by the accusations against the prime minister and the positive response the speech received, BJP chose to field Union minister Smriti Irani to respond and she tried to undo the damage.

Gandhi emphasised that India has managed both its extreme poverty and brought millions of people out of below poverty line status without compromising on the democratic model.

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