The recent controversy surrounding the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership has once again brought the issue of dynastic politics to the forefront. The BJP has been quick to use this opportunity to criticize the Gandhi family and the Congress for promoting dynastic politics. However, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in her recent speech at Rajghat, has countered this argument by questioning the BJP’s own stand on dynasticism.
The BJP has often criticized the Gandhi family and the Congress for promoting dynastic politics, accusing them of promoting family members over more qualified candidates. However, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in her speech, questioned this allegation by pointing out that Lord Ram himself was a member of a dynasty, and yet, he fulfilled his responsibilities towards his family and the nation. She has also asked if the Pandavas, who is revered in Hindu mythology, indulged in dynasticism.
The Congress leader has also defended her brother, Rahul Gandhi, against the BJP’s depiction of him as a “Pappu” or a fool, citing his education from top universities like Harvard and Cambridge. She has claimed that the BJP’s fear of Rahul Gandhi’s growing popularity is the reason behind his disqualification from the Lok Sabha.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has also criticized the BJP for insulting the legacy of her family members who have sacrificed their lives for the nation. She has questioned the BJP’s right to call her brother, the son of a martyred prime minister, a traitor and Mir Jafar. She has also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being a “coward” who is hiding behind his power to protect one man.
The Congress leader has also criticized the BJP for insulting the Kashmiri Pandit lineage of the Gandhi family, citing Modi’s comment in Parliament about why the family does not use the Nehru name. She has claimed that the time has come to raise a voice against an “arrogant government” that is trying to stifle democracy by disqualifying opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi.
It is high time that political parties rise above such petty politics and focus on the issues that matter to the people. India is facing a host of challenges, including unemployment, inflation, and the ongoing pandemic. Instead of trading insults and indulging in political mudslinging, political parties should come together and work towards finding solutions to these challenges.