New Delhi, September 12: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday heaped praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he is a better communicator than him. “I am an Opposition leader but Mr Modi is my Prime Minister too. He has better communication skills than me. He knows how to give a message to 3-4 different groups in a crowd, so his messaging ability is very effective and subtle,” Rahul said while speaking on ‘India at 70’ at UC Berkeley.

The Gandhi scion also took the opportunity to hit out at Modi for running a campaign against him and portraying him as a reluctant politician. “Being a reluctant politician is perspective from 1000 BJP followers sitting on machines only spreading rumours about me. It is a tremendous machine, all day they spread abuse about me, and the operation is run by the gentleman who is running our country.” Also read: Is Rahul Gandhi an overrated politician?

Time and again the Gandhi scion is being projected as a reluctant politician who is not keen on heading his party or take responsibility for any defeat. Rahul lead the party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and in Assembly elections after that and the party’s tally only went down each time. The party is currently being headed by Sonia Gandhi and there have been constant demands in the leadership change every now and then.

Clearing rumours on taking the lead role in the Congress, the 47-year-old leader said, “I am absolutely ready for that, but our party works according to organisational elections. Young people should be pushed forward, yet tremendous talent in party among seniors. Trying to make both work together.” The election for the post of the Congress President will be held between September 16 and October 15.

I am absolutely ready for that, but our party works according to organisational elections

Rahul has always come under fire for one reason or the other and dynasty politics has been a major roadblock for him. The Bharatiya Janata Party has always raised the dynasty politics issue in the Congress and it has cost heavily to Gandhis. But the dynasty politics is being followed by almost all the parties — BJP, DMK, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Lok Janshakti Party and others.

On the question of dynasty politics and being singled out, Rahul said, “Most of the country runs like this, so don’t go after me. Akhilesh Yadav a dynast, MK Stalin a dynast, Dhumal’s son a dynast.”

Rahul also accused Modi of not reaching out to Parliamentarians and BJP leaders. “Political reform much more important than administrative. Parliamentarians need to be involved in the conversation again. What I sense is he (Modi) doesn’t converse with people he works with, even members of Parliament and BJP tell me that.”