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Dynasty in democracy is ‘nasty’: Venkaiah Naidu

Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu said dynasty and democracy cannot go together.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2017 22:57 IST
Press Trust of India
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Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu releases a book ‘Loktantra ke Utsav ki Ankahi Kahani’ authored by SY Quraishi, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday hit out at dynastic politics, saying dynasty in democracy is “nasty”, days after Rahul Gandhi talked about the phenomenon being present in the Indian system.

“There is discussion about dynasty. Dynasty and democracy cannot go together. Very simple... it weakens our system. Dynasty in democracy is nasty,” he said at a book launch but added that his remarks were not linked to any party.

He said he used to voice similar views earlier too but now he hesitates as he is out of politics.

Naidu, however, made it clear that he is not referring to any political party while speaking against dynasty.

“I am not keeping in mind any particular party -- this party or that party -- as someone said everybody is trying to follow each other.”

Speaking at the University of California in Berkeley, Rahul had earlier this week said that dynasties are commonplace in India, from politics to business, and stressed that a person’s capabilities are more important than pedigree.

“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 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 had said listing several prominent Indians born into famous families.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 22:57 IST