New Delhi: Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi for defending dynastic politics, the BJP on Tuesday reminded the Congress Vice President that the top three constitutional posts in the country are held by common people with merit and that democracy is not beholden to dynasty.
'The fact that he (Gandhi) says that dynast and dynasty are the very fulcrum in India is itself an anomaly. The three dignitaries (President, Vice President and Prime Minister) in the highest constitutional positions today are in themselves an indication that Indian democracy thrives and gives opportunity to merit and is not beholden to dynasty,' Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani told a press conference.
She was responding to the remarks of Rahul Gandhi about dynastic politics and that most of the country runs like this. 'That's how India works,' he had said during a talk at Berkeley University during his visit to the US.
'Dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties. Akhilesh (Yadav son of Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party), (M.K.) Stalin (son of M. Karunanidhi in DMK), Abhishek Bachchan (son of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan) -- are all examples of dynastic legacy, also (Mukesh and Anil) Ambani (son of Dhirubhai Ambani), that's how the entire country is running,' Gandhi had said.
Irani said that the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) was born an a village in Gujarat to a poor family, elected to the post after receiving resounding support from the people of our country.
'The President (Ram Nath Kovind) was born in a marginalised family and has received the rank on his own merit. The Vice President, born in the family of a farmer after years of activism, is being blessed with leading the nation as the Vice President,' she said.
The BJP leader also took on Gandhi for his remark in which he blamed arrogance for his party's decline in 2014 elections.