Tharoor hits back at BJP for dynasty taunt at Congress, Rahul

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday hit back at the BJP for its dynasty taunt at Rahul Gandhi, saying they should “first look at their own internal party democracy”.

Tharoor also said that it was a “classic case of people living in glass houses” without completing the maxim that warns people against targeting others when they are themselves vulnerable.

“BJP should first look at their own internal party democracy… It is a classic case of people living in glass houses (throwing stones at others),” he said.

“Democracy doesn’t mean that there necessarily has to be more than one candidate. It means the process should be followed, and at present, it seems there is no opposition to his (Rahul Gandhi’s) nomination. And, if there is an opposition, there will be a vote”, Tharoor told on the sidelines of an event.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened the imminent elevation of Rahul Gandhi to dynastic succession of Mughal rulers, while BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said “Pidhikaran of the Congress is now complete. Neither the old generation (PEEDI), nor the new generation matters”.

He termed the entire election process a “mockery of democratic traditions”.