Dy­nasty in democ­racy is ‘nasty’, says Vice-Pres­i­dent

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New Delhi: 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,” the Vice-Pres­i­dent said.

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,” he said.

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