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Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi delivering a speech at Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley, California on Monday. "Despite being from a big family, Rahul Gandhi did not pay attention to this established tradition", the minister said.
Speaking on "India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward" and interacting with students, Mr Gandhi also attacked the Prime Minister over demonetisation, calling it a "self-inflicted wound". "That is what happens in India", he said, adding that he was trying to change this practice in the Congress. Gandhi said: "Decisions like demonetisation were taken in a unilateral manner, without asking the chief economic advisor or the Parliament".
Muslims were being targeted for eating beef and liberal voices were coming under attack. "These incidents are making millions feel that they have no future in their country", said Mr. Gandhi.
"Listening to India is very important". "The fact that Rahul Gandhi chose to belittle the prime minister is not a surprise but expected". So on basic direction (of the foreign policy) I agree. friendship with the United States, close bond with United States. So, on one day, I saw my grandmother shot and my friends shot.
"For nine years I worked behind the scenes with PM Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh and others on J&K", said Rahul.
Dismissing the criticism by Mr Gandhi, Mr Prasad questioned, "Is Mr Gandhi's compliment the yardstick for the functioning of the government". A Sikh group also protested outside the venue. "Don't get after me because that is how the entire country is running". However, he said that the final decision related to party matters is taken through an organisational election process which decides that. "This should be supported, not condemned", Sharma said. "It cost us two percent loss in GDP".
"When we started terrorism was rampant in Kashmir but when we finished there was peace", he said.
Gandhi came in for criticism for his diatribe against Modi from another senior Cabinet minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who too questioned the correctness of the Congress leader attacking the government on a visit overseas. "And the day he did that, he massively opened up space for terrorists in Kashmir and they came in".
Gandhi came out nearly in defence of dynasty politics, though he said "this is how it works in India", and "don't blame me alone". Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah questioned the statement and said Gandhi had not slammed his own country. At Independence, there were many people who were poor and would sleep hungry.
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The Nehru-Gandhi scion also made it a point to highlight the "BJP machine" with "1,000 men sitting on computers" for what he called was an "operation run by the government that is running our country".