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Rahul citing family's sacrifices for 'selfish political interests': Gadkari

PTI  New Delhi, October 24, 2013
First Published: 02:39 IST(24/10/2013) | Last Updated: 02:41 IST(24/10/2013)

Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday accused Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi of promoting dynastic politics, saying he was talking about his family's sacrifices for "selfish political interests".

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Reacting to Gandhi's emotionally-charged speech on Wednesday at Churu in Rajasthan, Gadkari mentioned the names of former prime ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and said family politics had become the biggest threat to democracy.

"He is talking about sacrifices of his family. It is only for his selfish political interests... I want to tell Rahul Gandhi that Mahatma Gandhi used to say that it is not about the people, but the country. Country is bigger than the people," Gadkari told reporters.

Addressing the Churu rally, the Congress Vice-President had referred to the assassinations of his father and grandmother while attacking BJP for allegedly spreading anger and hatred among the people.

"My grandmother was killed. My father was assassinated and perhaps I may also be killed one day. I am not bothered. I had to tell you what I felt from the heart," Gandhi said and vowed to oppose BJP's politics.


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