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Akhilesh defends Rahul's 'India being run by dynasties' remark

Lucknow, Sep 14 (PTI): Samajawadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today defended Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remark that India was being run by dynasties, saying world history was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background.

Yadav was speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters when he was asked to comment on Gandhi's speech. The Congress vice president had cited examples of the SP, the DMK and even Bollywood to buttress his point that several prominent Indians were born into famous families.

The Samajwadi Party is an alliance partner of the Congress and the two parties had contested the Assembly elections jointly.

Yadav said across the world, there were a number of examples where people got the opportunity to come to politics due to their family.

"Whatever has been said for dynastic politics, the BJP is extremely worried. Rahul is my friend, whatever he said would have been in the context of UP and national politics," he said.

"Had he been asked about US politics, he would have mentioned said that in America there was a president whose son also became a president. Then there was one president, whose wife also wanted to be a president. There arenumber of such examples in world democracy," he said.

History was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background, he said.

Replying to a question Akhilesh stressed, "Rahul is my friend and the friendship will continue."

On Tuesday, addressing students at the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi had said, "Most parties in India have that problem So...Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast...even Abhishek Bachchhan is a dynast."

"So that's how India runs. So don't get after me because that's how they India is run. By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That's also going on in Infosys. So that's what happens in India," he had said.

Akhilesh, taking potshots at the BJP government in UP, alleged, "The budget has hampered development. No new project has been started in the past six months."

The former chief minister challenged the present government to work better than him.
On family feud and his equations with father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav, Akhilesh ducked the question saying, "I will not say anything."

Akhilesh also attacked the Yogi Adityanath government for stopping his Gomti riverfront project and said the government should have developed another stretch more beautiful than the existing one.

"Our Gomti river front is more beautiful than Sabarmati," he said.

Referring to the launch of the bullet train project in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, he also hit out at the BJP on the allegations that were raised against him for launching schemes for Saifai (Etawah), his native place.

"They (BJP) used to say that I launch schemes for Saifai. I have relation with the place. But now they will not be able to say this," he said.

When asked about reports of "meagre compensation" to farmers, he said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has promised entire loan waiver of farmers but it was not done."

"CM (Adityanath) has approached the PM, the Niti Ayog, the finance minister and the RBI but with no help from anyone has waived loan (up to Rs one lakh) from his own resources. This is insufficient and farmers are disappointed," he claimed. "The expenses on advertisement, arrangement of laon waiver programmes etc would have been more that the loan disbursal," he claimed.

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  • Thomas D Mello, Koteshwara

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Aare Bhai,
    forget about these unproductive arguments and concentrate on the development ideas. That is the way you (and the nation) will progress. Otherwise you will be digging the old graves only.

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    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Smriti Irani and BJPee is hired just to criticize Rahul Gandhi, she must tell people first on what basis she became a politician after being a TV actress .

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Why she should explain how she has entered politics?
    In democracy everybody has right to enter politics as long as the party/individual is interested and elected/selected by party

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  • Kiran D Souza, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Dynasty defends Dynasty, Corrupt defends Corrupt.
    Waiting to hear from Corrupt Lalu Dynasty..
    Dynasties only thinking is that they are "Superior".
    Thanks to "Democracy".

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  • Anirudh P, Bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Dynastic politics is curse to democracy. It is being used as ladder by incompetent individuals in the name of dynasty to gain political power.

    Anyways, Good News is, present Indian voters are educated unlike it was before. So they have already started to give preference to merit and performance against dynasty. Still there are few residual / left out blind dynasty followers. However, as more and more educated youth becomes voters, those blind dynasty followers will be out numbered.

    Soon we will see an end to voting in the name of dynasty. That day would be real REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA.

    Jai Hind !!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Both are Dynasties ...

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    But "Gandhi" dynasty will end soon...Thanks to Grandson of Indira Gandhi...

    1. President of India is a Dalit

    2. Vice President of India is a farmer's son

    3. Prime Minister of India was selling Tea once upon a time..

    Where is Gandhi Dynasty..Out of nearly 546 MP seats, Gandhi leadership won 44 seats !! Next LS election, it might come down to 14...

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  • Sampath, Mlore/Blore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Still "CONGRESS MUKTH BHARATH" a distant dream

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Yes.. 14 seats make Pappu very very happy..He will celebrate it because Congress Mukth Bharat Nahii huvaa..

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  • Anthony Lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Sitting in Sharjah, dreaming about Indian politics.
    People sit in foreign countries and wish for Congress mukth and send their kids to foreign countries to higher studies. Come down to India, vote for Congress mukth, ask your educated kids to join politics or atleast vote for the good person (not on party line) who has no criminal back ground.

    Mr. Modi or Mr. Shah is not Satya Harichandra or more patriotic than you and me. They are giving a lot to rich people like Amabanis and many more. In India without a political connection you can not do anything, in gulf countries you need WASTA and in India the same. They do not satisfy but the poor people will be very happy if the price of food and petrol drops a Re. In western countries you sit at home and make water, electricity and phone connection with out paying any bribe starting from Chaprasi.
    Also, we look for known people in government offices and ask our friends and relative if they know some, so that our work is done. This is also kind of DYNASTIC behavior of Indians.

    For kind information without any criminal or raudism no political leader takes to their party unless you are coming from dynasty and again they are raised criminals.

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