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Rishi Kapoor slams Rahul Gandhi for his 'Dynasty' remark in USA

By: IBNS

Mumbai, Sep 13 (IBNS): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has not only offended the political class with his remark on "dynasty" while addressing the students of University of California, Berkeley, but also actor Rishi Kapoor, who is coming from a family that has major contributions in the Indian cinema though four generations.

Kapoor, who is always outspoken on social media, took on the Congress vice president this time for his comment on dynasty prevalence in the country.
 
Kapoor posted several angry tweets hours ago, and the first one reads: "Rahul Gandhi.In the 106 years of Indian cinema of India, Kapoor's contribution is 90 years. And each generation is chosen by public on merit."
 
"By God's grace we are in 4 generations.Prithviraj Kapoor.Raj Kapoor.Randhir Kapoor.Ranbir Kapoor-Males.Besides all others. You see otherwise," the actor said in the second tweet.
 
The third tweet was the harshest of them all as he directly attacked Gandhi for bullshitting people. He said: "So don't bullshit people on "Dynasty" You have to earn people's respect and love through hard work not zabardasti and gundagardi."
 
Gandhi, who is presently in the US for couple of weeks, said there are several instances of the dynasty problems in the country so he can't alone be held responsible for it.
 
Though the Congress vice president asserted the merit is the only parameter to judge a person, took the name of Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Akhilesh Yadav, former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi's son M. K. Stalin and also Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's son Abhishek Bachchan to highlight the prevalence of dynasty prevalence in the country.
 
Taking a jibe at Gandhi's comment on dynasty politics, Union Information and Broadcasting minister, Smriti Irani on Tuesday, termed Gandhi as a failed dynastic political party's leader who spoke out in the US.
 
In a brief media interaction, Irani said: "A failed dynastic political party's leader spoke out."
 
Upholding several instances that are devoid of dynasty problems in the country, Irani said: "Our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) was born in a poor family, President (Ram Nath Kovind) comes from a marginalised community (Dalit) and Vice President (Venkaiah Naidu) was a farmer's son."
 
Reacting to the US visit of Rahul Gandhi, the I&B minister said: "He (Rahul Gandhi) went to the international forum (the US) to express his political distress after getting rejected in India (elections in India)."
 
"He forgot that the votes are from India" she added.
 
Gandhi, in the US, spoke over a range of issues that concerns India and in some cases criticised the incumbent Modi government. 
 
The Congress VP highlighted how the country is going through a phase of intolerance. "Violence and hatred distract people from the task it hand. Liberal journalist being shot, people being lynched because they are Dalits, Muslims killed in suspicion of eating beef. This is new in India and damages India very badly."
 
Gandhi did not miss a chance to dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) government, particularly regarding the economic measures which had been taken since last year.
 
The recent Reserve Bank of India's report that states 99% of people's money returned to the bank after demonetisation and the recent dip in the GDP below six percent, prompted the Congress VP to criticise the government in the economic sector. 
 
"The government's economic policies, the demonetisation and a hastily applied GST, has caused tremendous damage. Millions of small businesses were simply wiped out as a result of demonetisation. Farmers and manual labourers who use cash were hit extremely hard, agriculture in deep distress and farmers' suicide skyrocketed across the country," Gandhi said.
 
"Demonetisation, a completely self inflicted wound caused approximately 2% loss in India's GDP," he asserted.
 
Gandhi, when asked about whether he is ready take charge as the PM candidate, said: "I am absolutely ready but the way our party (Congress) works, we have an organisational election process that decides that and that process is currently ongoing. So we have an internal system where we elect certain delegates to make that decision."
 
"So for me to say that the decision is mine wouldn't be fair. That is the decision the Congress party has to make and the process is currently going on right now," the Congress vice president added.