I am against dynasty, Rahul Gandhi says in interview to Times Now

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New Delhi, Jan 27: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi gave a one-to-one interview to English news channel Times Now Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Monday.

[Read: What Narendra Modi told Arnab Goswami in May 8 interview]

On Modi's challenge to Congress's stay in power for 60 years:

"Don't brush aside what the Congress has done in 60 years."

"We have given the country the fastest growth in the last 10 years."

On debate with Modi:

"There is already a national debate."

"You can start a debate. The real issue is being done in the party machine."

Criticism of the AAP

"AAP doesn't have structure and process like the Congress."

Has politics been forced on him?

"I am not driven by a quest of power."

"I look strange because I am an anomaly in the environment."

On attacks against Rahul Gandhi:

"I am being attacked because people see me as a man who is not here to fight a superficial battle. They find a threat in me."

On educational qualifications:

Arnab Goswami raises questions made on Gandhi's educational qualifications by Subramanian Swamy.

"I don't intend to take this matter. Swamy has been attacking me for 40 years."

On family politics:

"I didn't choose to born in this family. I could either walk away or improve something."

"I am against the concept of dynasty."

On criticism:

"When we win, I am not involved. When we lose, I am the cause of it."

If Congress loses the election:

"As the party vice-president, I will take full responsibility."

On the theory that the Congress has backed the AAP to defeat the BJP:

Rahul denies the allegation, said it is not right to underestimate the Congress's strength.

On Aam Aadmi Party:

"We have to transform ourselves."

"Our party felt we should give them a chance to prove themselves."

On price rise:

"I have not woken up on price rise. I have been working with the PM on prices."

"Prices are a reality."

On alliances with other parties:

"We are making alliances with a political party, not any individual." (He hints at openness towards RJD's Lalu Prasad)

On 'no comprises' with ordinance bill to protect tainted politicians:

"My long-term view is to bring change in the system."

On corrupt leaders in the Congress:

"We are looking at peripheral issues and not core issues."

"There is a legal process and we must follow it."

On Adarsh Scam:

"Every single person found indulging in corruption will be punished."

"The Congress has taken action against corruption everywhere."

On putting Congress under RTI:

"Press not RTI, judiciary not under RTI."

"Am open to bringing all parties under RTI."

On transparency:

"I have been speaking about transparency, I have spoken for Lokpal, RTI."

Apologising on anti-Sikh riots:

"I was never a party to the riots."

"There is a difference in the Delhi and Gujarat riots"

In Gujarat, the government was involved in the riots. In Delhi, the situation was opposite.

On the anti-Sikh riots of 1984

"Some Congressmen were perhaps involved in the anti-Sikh riots."

"I am not in favour of carrying out a retaliation against several people for what they had done.

Visions of Rahul Gandhi

Empowerment of women and making India a big power in technology.

Goswami asks Gandhi repeatedly about his party's strategy against Modi?

Rahul Gandhi avoids a direct answer each time. He said it is an ideological battle between the Congress and BJP.

Modi responsible for Gujarat riots? H has been given a clean chit in the Gulbarga case

"Yes, people died and he was the CM." Gandhi backs Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his recent statement against Modi.

On views of Narendra Modi

"Rahul Gandhi wants to do is to empower women of this country."

"The BJP believes in concentrating the power in a few people, which I don't support."

"We will defeat the BJP in the next elections."

No question of getting scared

Gandhi: First understand me and then you will get an answer.

He denies having any confrontation with Narendra Modi.

"When you lose what I have, I have nothing to get scared of", said Rahul Gandhi, recalling the death of his grandmother and father.

"I see only one thing and that is: the system of this country has to be changed."

On not being PM candidate:

Gandhi: Announcing PM is the task of the MPs. "Democracy is about non-arbitraty decisions".

Goswami: Are you scared of taking on Modi?

Gandhi: First understand me and then you will get an answer.

He denies having any confrontation with Narendra Modi.

"When you lose what I have, I have nothing to get scared of", said Rahul Gandhi, recalling the death of his grandmother and father.

"I see only one thing and that is: the system of this country has to be changed."

Not reluctant to interviews

Arnab Goswami: Were you reluctant to give an interview?

Rahul Gandhi: No, i was busy dealing with issues (he denies being reluctant to communicate)

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