Amit Shah slams Rahul Gandhi over his remark on 'dynastic politics'

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In his presidential address at the BJP National Executive, Mr Shah rejected outright the "politics of dynasty" as being allegedly propounded by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said, "The BJP believes in a India wherein everyone and anyone can attain the country's top positions by sheer merit".

Both the Prime Minister and Mr Shah were speaking at a mega meeting of the BJP's national executive in Delhi.

In his address at University of California in Berkeley, earlier in September, Rahul Gandhi said that dynastic politics is a "problem" in India, but maintained that a large number of people in his party did not have a dynastic background.

"The Congress believes in the politics of appeasement and dynasty, whereas BJP follows politics of performance", Goyal quoted Shah as saying.

"People of India and BJP do not stand with Gandhi's statement".

Amit Shah cited data to state that the economy is stronger under the BJP-led NDA government, than it was under the previous Congress-led UPA government. But it will also focus on providing the delegates with arguments against criticism of the government's economic policy.

The party chief appreciated External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the United Nations said she had exposed Pakistan.

Shah also attacked the TMC government in West Bengal and the Left government in Kerala for alleged political violence targeting BJP workers, Goyal said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will shortly address the national executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) where he is expected to counter the opposition's criticism of the state of the economy.

"Sangathan me utsah ka mahol bana hai (An atmosphere of enthusiasm has been built in the party)", Yadav said, adding that four lakh "vistaraks" or volunteers who pledge to work full-time for the party for 15 days have joined and worked in 4,100 assembly constituencies. Today's meeting, however, was called an "extended" National Executive as the party wraps up year-long celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of its founder Deendayal Upadhyaya.

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