GUWAHATI, Sept 13 - Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that Rahul Gandhi�s speech at the University of California, Berkeley, regarding prevalence of �dynasties� in all arenas in India has proved that the Congress vice president has the �quality and maturity� to lead India.
Addressing a press conference here today, Gogoi said that the speech has helped to dispel all �wrong notions� about the Gandhi scion and shown him as �articulate and suave�.
Gogoi added that 99 per cent of Congress party workers want Rahul Gandhi to take charge of the party and added that at the present moment �there is no alternative� to Rahul Gandhi in the party.
�BJP�s reaction to Gandhi�s speech shows clearly that the ruling party is nervous and that is why they have fielded a Union minister like Smriti Irani to present their case,� he said.
Gogoi added that Irani and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are �failed politicians� who had to enter Parliament via the Rajya Sabha after losing the Lok Sabha polls.
�Rahul Gandhi is one who never shies away from admitting his mistakes. Narendra Modi, on the other hand, never admits his mistakes,� Gogoi said, adding that he wants Gandhi to be the Congress�s Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
He also lambasted the Central Government over the slowdown in economic growth, rising unemployment and price rise, as well as �growing divisiveness� in society.