Akhilesh Yadav defends Rahul Gandhi`s `India being run by dynasties` remark
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Akhilesh Yadav defends Rahul Gandhi`s `India being run by dynasties` remark

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Lucknow: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday defended Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remark that India was being run by dynasties, saying world history was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background.

Yadav was speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters when he was asked to comment on Gandhi's speech. The Congress vice president had cited examples of the SP, the DMK and even Bollywood to buttress his point that several prominent Indians were born into famous families.

The Samajwadi Party is an alliance partner of the Congress and the two parties had contested the Assembly elections jointly.

Yadav said across the world, there were a number of examples where people got the opportunity to come to politics due to their family.

"Whatever has been said about dynastic politics, the BJP is extremely worried. Rahul is my friend, whatever he said would have been in the context of UP and national politics," he said.

"Had he been asked about US politics, he would have mentioned said that in America there was a president whose son also became a president. Then there was one president, whose wife also wanted to be a president. There are numbers of such examples in world democracy," he said.

History was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background, he said.

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