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.
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.