Rishi Kapoor rips apart Rahul Gandhi: Don't bullshit people on dynasty

It was a Question-Answer session at the University of California, Berkeley on India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward, when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was asked whether or not he was ready to take charge of the party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In the last Lok Sabha elections, in 2014, Rahul Gandhi had declined to be the Congress's prime ministerial candidate.

Gandhi answered that question with, "I am absolutely ready to do that but the way our party works, we have an organisational election process that decides that and that process is currently ongoing. We have an internal system where we elect certain delegates who make that decision. So for me to say that the decision is mine, that wouldn't be very fair. That's the decision that the Congress party has to make and that's the process which is currently going on right now."

Then came the next bullet from his audience at Berkeley. He was asked about the allegations that the Indian National Congress is a dynastic party.

Rahul chose to pull in the entire country to defend dynasty politics. Even Bollywood was not spared.

Gandhi said after his speech, "Most of the country runs like this. So, don't go after me. Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast, Mr Stalin (DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's son) is a dynast, Mr (Prem Kumar) Dhumal's son (Anurag Thakur of the BJP) is a dynast. Even Mr Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast, also Mr Ambani. That's what happens in India and just the way India runs. The real question is if that person is a capable, sensitive person."

While Abhishek Bachchan had nothing to say (at least on Twitter, till the time this story was published), Rishi Kapoor jumped right into the debate and spoke up for all of 'dynastic' Bollywood.

Rishi, of course, belongs to the Kapoor family, the family that has its name in the Guinness World Records for providing the maximum number of actors. So the usually vocal-on-Twitter Rishi Kapoor took Rahul Gandhi to task.

In a series of tweets, Kapoor attacked Gandhi, asking him to not 'bullshit people on dynasty'.

"Rahul Gandhi.In the 106 years of Indian cinema of India, Kapoor's contribution is 90 years. And each generation is chosen by public on merit. By God's grace we are in 4 generations.Prithviraj Kapoor.Raj Kapoor.Randhir Kapoor.Ranbir Kapoor-Males.Besides all others. You see otherwise. So don't bullshit people on "Dynasty" You have to earn people's respect and love through hard work not zabardasti and gundagardi, (sic)" wrote Kapoor.

And a few hours after his barrage of tweets against Rahul Gandhi, a Twitter user wrote to Rishi Kapoor, "I can act better than you Mr. Chintu, but I don't have a father like legendary actor RK grandfather like Prithviraj Kapoor saheb. (sic)"

Kapoor shot back, "I am absolutely sure you can Manish. Then it's your genetic fault you don't have what I have!"

Rahul Gandhi hadn't responded to Rishi Kapoor till the time of going online.

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