Smriti Irani on Rahul Gandhi’s UC Berkeley address: Failed dynast spoke about his failed political journey

Smriti Irani: "The fact that he (Rahul Gandhi) says that dynasts and dynasties is the very fulcrum of India in itself is an anomaly."

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 12, 2017 3:16 pm
smriti irani, rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi uc berkeley, rahul berkeley address, failed dynast rahul gandhi BJP spokesperson Smriti Irani at a press conference following Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s address at the University of California, Berkeley. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey

BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s speech at University of California, Berkeley, was a “big political confession”. Rahul Gandhi had said that arrogance had crept into his party towards the end of UPA II, leading to its defeat in 2014. “To say that Congress became arrogant under Smt Sonia Gandhi and hence lost election is a big political confession of Rahul Gandhi,” Irani who addressed a press conference at the party headquarters said.

“It was fascinating to watch the Congress vice-president publicly proclaiming that under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, the Congress became arrogant. His confession is something that the Congress to delve into,” the minister said maintaining that she was speaking as a BJP leader.

Stating that a “failed dynast”chose to speak about his “failed political career” on a foreign soil, Irani also took on the Congress leader for his remarks on dynasty politics in India. “After (he) failed to connect with the people of India he chose another platform to berate in itself an anomaly,” she said pointing out that the country’s three top constitutional posts – President, Vice President and Prime Minister – are occupied by persons who belong to “humble backgrounds”. According to Irani, the Congress leader’s comments on dynasty was “an anomaly” Irani was reacting to Gandhi’s remark that dynasty is an issue in all political parties.

smriti irani, rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi uc berkeley, rahul berkeley address, failed dynast rahul gandhi BJP spokesperson Smriti Irani at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. She was addressing a press conference following Rahul Gandhi’s speech at UC Berkeley. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey

Taking strong exception to the Gandhi scion’s attack on Prime Minister Modi, Irani said Gandhi chose to speak on a platform on foreign soil because there were no takers for his criticism against the PM inside the country. “The fact that Rahul Gandhi chose to belittle the PM is not surprising, it is expected. But after failing to connect with the people of India, he chooses a platform of convenience to berate his political opponents,” she said. “It shows the failed strategy of Rahul Gandhi. That’s he’s going to an international stage to speak about his failed political journey in a country where people didn’t accept him,” she said.

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    John Ho
    Sep 13, 2017 at 7:30 am
    Well, can we expect her 'Yale ' speech on 'how to get success with mediocre capabilities? ' kinda funda? Loosers.
    1. G
      Sep 12, 2017 at 11:30 pm
      University of California at Berkeley could not ‘stop Trump’ from becoming President of the US and it could not ‘propel Hillary’ to the Presidency. ------------------------------------ The same applies here, UC- Berkeley is not going to help or hinder Rahul Ghandi. It was just a love fest by the Leftie Indian professors at UC and the friends of Congress. -----------Rahul just went there for a friendly audience to bash Modi. These same Leftie Indian professors who claim that they are for free speech, will squash free speech when it suits them. Remember, how the English professors in UPenn determined that Wharton should not invite Modi in 2013.
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        Ambrish B Sharma
        Sep 12, 2017 at 10:03 pm
        Mrs Irani is a politician who is in power not because of popularity but anti Rahul/ Sonia foul mouthed language She is part of intolerant government of Modi. No body will remember her when out of power
        1. Khushminder Sahasi
          Sep 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm
          surprisingly an mediocre yerster years heroin on a small screen tries to berate a political leader expressing his views to the International Media that Modi is a fake PM. None of his claims about Demonetization has come true. Keep changing Goal posts. he said though Modi is a good communicator but he has mislead millions of young people giving them false hopes. Now 1.5 million people have become jobless. This paper though repeated same sentences od Smriti Irani being a union Minister, Who was deafeated by Rahul in Amethi three years ago by more than 100K Votes, but did not cover what Rahul Gandhi spoke about the faulty policies of BJP Govt. It is so arrogant that never share any issue of National Interest in all party meetings. Modi shy away from press and only prefers one sided dialogue. He like his voice only.
          1. T
            Sep 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm
            Why so much negativity in the BJP's reflection of Rahul Gandhi? They could have so easily ignored it but a Union Minister had to waste our time by rebutting it. Are they just trying to cater to the audience or are they seriously going to respond to everything that Rahul Gandhi says.
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