WASHINGTON, Sept 12 - Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today said dynasties are commonplace in India, from politics to business, and stressed that a person�s capabilities are more important than pedigree.
His comments in the US set off a chorus of protest by the BJP in India with Union Minister Smriti Irani calling him a �failed dynast� and a failed politician.
Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of divisive politics, creating space for terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and ruining the economy.
Responding to a question from students, Gandhi said that he was �absolutely ready� to take up an executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so.
Responding to another question whether the Congress party was more associated with dynastic politics, Gandhi argued that India is being run by dynasties.
�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,� Gandhi said as he listed several prominent Indians born into famous families.
But, he said there were a large number of people in the Congress Party who were not from dynastic families.
�And I can name them in every state. There are also people who happen to have a father, or a grandmother or a great grandfather in politics. They do exist,� he said.
�The real question is whether the person actually a capable and a sensitive person,� the 47-year-old Gandhi said. � PTI