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True There Are Dynasties In India, Dynasties Are In Several Countries: Congress

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Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi addressing students at the renowned University of California at Berkeley, spoke about the current status of India, slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and stated that dynasties are a part of life in India, defending his own status as a dynast.

Other Congress leaders also rose to the defence of the young dynast, claiming that dynasties are present in several countries.

"Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast, (M K) Stalin is a dynast, Dhumal's son (Anurag Thakur) is a dynast... even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. I mean that's how India's runs... So don't get after me as that's how the entire country is running," Rahul said to the audience on Tuesday.

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BJP leader, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani refuted Rahul's claims in a press conference on Tuesday, admonishing him for speaking against PM Modi on an international platform and giving examples of leaders without dynastic backgrounds, such as Prime Minster Narendra Modi himself, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

Congress leaders rose to defend Rahul, saying that merit was decided by popular approval and generations of Gandhis were involved in public service.

"Yes, it is true that there are dynasties in India. There have been dynasties in many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and both the Americas," Congress leader Anand Sharma said.

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted that politics was no different from other sectors and people would decide.

During Rahul's address, he criticised PM Modi and the BJP for creating an atmosphere of intolerance in the nation.

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"Hatred, anger and violence and the politics of polarization has raised its ugly head in India today. Liberal journalists being shot, people being lynched because they are Dalits, Muslims killed on suspicion of eating beef, this is new in India and damages India very badly," he said.

Rahul also accused the PM of running a social media operation to discredit him.

"There is a BJP machine. A thousand guys sitting on computers telling you about me. It's a tremendous machine, all day they spread abuse about me, say that I'm a 'reluctant' politician... and the operation is run by the gentleman who is running our country," he said at Berkeley.

The Gandhi scion also said that he was 'absolutely ready' to become the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress in the 2019 elections.