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Singapore author questions Rahul Gandhi on 'family rule', Twitter on fire

Rahul Gandhi at India At 70 event in Singapore on Thursday. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 09, 2018, 07.51 AM (IST)

An innocuous conversation at an event in Singapore has become one of the most talked about in India. Singapore-based author Prasenjit K Basu asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi about India's poor growth rate during Congress rule at a discussion during 'India At 70' event at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.

"Why is it that during the years that your family ruled India, India's per capita income was growing less than the world average? And yet, in the years since your family relinquished the prime ministership of India, India's per capita income has grown substantially faster than the world average," Basu asked Gandhi.

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The Congress president questioned Basu's hypothesis, after which the author delved into history. Basu claimed Rahul Gandhi was stumped and repeatedly failed to answer his question.

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A video of same event was later uploaded by Congress on its Twitter handle, and the party claimed its president handled the situation maturely. At the end of the video, Gandhi even invites Basu for a hug.

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However, this did not go well with Basu who threatened to sue Congress for what he claimed was a fake news video.

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The conversation divided twitterati.

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