New Delhi, September 12: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that after 2012, arrogance crept into the Congress party and that it stopped having a conversation with the people of the country. He was speaking at the University of California, Berkeley, United States.

He further said that to rebuild the party, leaders needed to design a vision for moving forward. He made these comments with reference to the rapid decline of the Congress party in elections after the 2014 general election. Congress has been losing assembly polls of major states since 2014.

Gandhi also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that it was following the Congress party’s policies. He said that the central architecture of BJP schemes was that set by Congress party.

Meanwhile, the Congress leader launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the PM was spearheading an operation to spread rumours about him being a reluctant politician. Without naming Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi said that a “tremendous machine was spreading the rumour about him and the operation was being run by the gentleman running the country.”

Even Mr. Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast, also Mr Ambani, that’s how entire country is running

The Congress leader fired several salvos against the PM. Even as he said that PM Modi was better than him at communication, he didn’t really converse with people he worked with and “not even the members of Parliament,” adding that the BJP workers told him that.

Talking about the Kashmir issue, Rahul Gandhi said that while the Congress worked for 9 years to bring peace in Kashmir, Modi opened up space for terrorists in Kashmir and led to an increase in violence in the valley.

He said PM Modi had clamped down on RTI, while the Congress party got in trouble as it batted for transparency.

Gandhi, who has been attacked for having it easy because of dynasty politics, also said “Most of the country runs like this, so don’t go after me. Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast, Mr Stalin is a dynast, Mr Dhumal’s son is a dynast. Even Mr.Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast, also Mr Ambani, that’s how the entire country is running.”