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After Rahul Gandhi’s UC Berkeley speech, V-P Naidu says ‘dynasty is nasty but tasty to some people’

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, however, steered clear from taking any names. "Not speaking about a party or person," he added. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2017 4:25 pm
Venkaiah Naidu, Rahul Gandhi, Venkaiah Naidu Congress, vice president congress, Venkaiah Naidu Rahul Gandhi Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressing at the event of “Interaction with the Students “ after the inauguration of exhibition “New India-We Resolve to Make” at Anna University in Chennai on Sunday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar

Just days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s speech in UC Berkeley where he raked up the ‘dynasty’ debate, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said dynasty and democracy can’t go together. Naidu said: “Dynasty is nasty but tasty to some people.” The Vice-President, however, steered clear from taking any names. “Not speaking about a party or person,” he added.

Naidu’s remarks come days after Rahul Gandhi had spoken about dynastic politics in a speech at UC Berkeley, where he had said, “Most parties in India have that problem. So don’t give us stick because Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Stalin is a dynast. (Prem Kumar) Dhumal’s son is a dynast, even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. That is how India runs.”

He further added: “But saying that, I do try to sort of change it in the Congress. If you look at the Congress, there is a large number of people who are not from dynastic families at all. I can name them in every state.” He added that the real question is  whether the person is actually capable. “Is the person a sensitive person? That is the question.” Also Read: Certain amount of arrogance crept into Congress in 2012, ended culture of conversation: Rahul Gandhi at UC Berkeley

BJP President Amit Shah too slammed the Congress leader for his statement on dynastic politics when he said that his party has removed dynastic politics from India and introduced the politics of performance. “We do not believe in the politics of appeasement which is votebank politics. We have removed dynastic politics from India. We believe in the politics of performance.” Also Read: BJP has removed dynastic politics from India, says BJP President Amit Shah

Shah added that the Modi government showed political will in the last three years to take decisions unlike the previous Congress-led government which had suffered from policy paralysis.

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  1. Krishnaswamy Swamy
    Sep 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm
    Whether Mr Naidu meant that "Dynasty" in BJP and RSS was "tasty" for him, while "Dynasty" in parties opposed to BJP and RSS like Congress would have been "nasty" for him before he became our country's Vice President. Since Mr Venkaiah Naidu as our country's Vice President is expected to be apolitical, can we presume that his statement "Dynasty is nasty, but, tasty for some people" might have been made against the "Dynasties" in the Indian political parties including the BJP and RSS to which he belonged prior to becoming Vice President of our country?
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      Mathura
      Sep 19, 2017 at 6:49 pm
      Vice of the VicePresident has made dent in the dignity of the position . Vice has made a shameful dent Mr .........
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        FRANCIS COUTINHO
        Sep 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm
        BJP IS USING ALL POSSIBLE MEANS TO CRITICIZE AND DOWNPLAY CONGRESS TO AN EXTENT INTRODUCING DEBATES ON TV NEWS CHANNELS ON ALL POSSIBLE SUBJECTS OF CONGRESS WEAK POINTS INTENTIONS TO ELEVATE BJP WHERE EVER POSSIBLE PEOPLE HAVE UNDERSTOOD THEIR PRANKS VERY DIFFICULT TO MISGUIDE PEOPLE NOW.
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          ladu
          Sep 19, 2017 at 4:13 pm
          VP Naidu is BJP Naidu. Once again bringing disrepute to the office. He should resign and take his BJP lathi again and harass minorities. Useless and disgusting person. I refer to no person or party.
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            Vijay N
            Sep 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm
            BJP has recently tasted Power and already second generation leaders like Pankaja Munde and Poonam Mahajan has emerged. So Amit Shah assertion that BJP is different in this issue is a patent lie. In another 10 years scores of BJP dynasts will emerge. Nothing wrong in this as people have power to vote them out and these second generation leaders have right to choose a profession of their choice.
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