Soon after Rahul Gandhi attempted to defend dynastic politics in the US, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress vice-president and called him a "failed dynast" who had failed in his political journey.
Union Minister Smriti Irani said Indian democracy thrives and gives an opportunity to merit and is not beholden to a dynasty.
"A failed dynast spoke on failed political journey in the US...Fact that he says that dynasts and dynasties is the very fulcrum of India in itself is an anomaly," she said.
"After failing to connect with Indians, Rahul chooses a platform of convenience for berating political opponents," Irani added.
Irani said that it was expected that Rahul would rake up political issues in the US and "belittle" Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"To say that Congress became arrogant under Smt. Gandhi and hence lost the election is a big political confession in itself," she added.
Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the United States, addressed students at the University of California, Berkeley on Tuesday. He spoke on several issues such as Congress' decline, Kashmir conflict, demonetisation, GST and unemployment, among others.
When asked about dynastic politics, he said, ""Dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties. Akhilesh (Yadav son of Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party), (MK) Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK), Abhishek Bachchan (son of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan) -- are all examples of dynastic legacy, also (Mukesh and Anil) Ambani (son of Dhirubhai Ambani), that's how the entire country is running."