Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday defended his family over the repeated charges of dynasty politics saying that many people in this country have someone in their families in politics. Maintaining that a person’s background does not determine his capabilities, he said that India is being run by many dynasties.

Giving examples he 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.”

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He spoke about the issue during a question and answer session at UC Berkeley and added that he was “absolutely ready” to take up an executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so. However, he said that the final decision related to party matters is taken through an organisational election process which decides that.

“We have an internal system where we elect certain delegates who make that decision. So for me to say that that decision is mine that wouldn’t be very fair. That’s a decision that the Congress Party has to make and that’s a process that’s currently going on right now,” he said.

He added that there were many people in the Congress Party who do not belong to dynastic families. “The real question is whether the person actually a capable and a sensitive person,” he said.

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Speaking at the event, he admitted that around 2012, the Congress Party “stopped having conversations with the people” as certain arrogance crept into the Congress party. “The vision that we laid out in 2004 was designed at best for a 10-year period. And it was pretty clear that the vision that we laid out in 2004 by the time we arrived in 2010-11 was not working anymore.”

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