Rahul Gandhi accepts invitation to public debate with PM Narendra Modi; BJP's response: 'Who is he?' | Latest News India

Congress's Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he or party chief Mallikarjan Kharge would be happy to participate in the public debate on the Lok Sabha elections and expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would also accept the invitation. The Bharatiya Janata Party quickly retaliated by questioning whether Rahul Gandhi was the Congress' prime ministerial candidate.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rahul Gandhi shared his reply on X (officially Twitter) to Justice (retd) Madan B Loker, Justice (retd) former Chairman Law Commission of India Ajit P Shah and senior journalist N Ram, who wrote to the Congress leader. was The prime minister, earlier this week, invited him to a platform to discuss important election issues.

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In his letter to the country's leaders, he described the proposal for a debate as impartial and in the larger interest of every citizen.

“It will be a positive step for the major parties to present their vision to the country on one platform for a healthy democracy,” Rahul Gandhi said in a post. He added that the nation expects Modi to participate in this debate.

Rahul Gandhi said he discussed the invitation with Mallikarjan Kharge and they agreed that such a discussion would help people “understand our respective perspectives and make an informed choice”.

Responding to the invitation, Rahul Gandhi said in his letter, “It is also important to stop any baseless allegations attributed to our respective parties. As major parties contesting elections, the people deserve to hear directly from their leaders. “

“Accordingly, I or the Congress president would be happy to participate in such a discussion,” he added.

The former Congress president also said that he was looking forward to participating in a fruitful and historic debate. “Please let us know if and when the Prime Minister agrees to attend, after which we can discuss the details and format of the debate,” he added.

BJP counter attack on Rahul Gandhi.

Several BJP leaders, including Tejashwi Surya, reacted strongly to Rahul Gandhi's letter, saying that the latter “is not even the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress party, let alone the Indi-I Alliance”.

Who is Rahul Gandhi, with whom PM Modi should debate? Rahul Gandhi is not even the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress party, let alone the Indian Alliance. Let him first announce himself as the Congress prime ministerial candidate, in the state he will account for his party's defeat, and then invite the prime minister for a debate. Until then, we are ready to depute our BJYM spokespersons to take any discussion,” BJP MP Tejaswi Surya posted on X.

Former Congress leader, now BJP national spokesperson, Javier Shergal also attacked Rahul Gandhi over the issue.

“Rahul Gandhi's Track Record in Parliament: Attendance: 51% National Average: 79% Number of Debates: 8 National Average: 46.7% Questions Raised: 99 National Average: 210

Running away from Parliament, running away from Amethi, running away from accountability (stepping down as party president and not being LOP) but still PM @narendramodi feels “entitled” to debate? Arguing with runaway hobby politicians is not worth Modiji's time! Clearly no one taught Rahul Gandhi the basic principle of 'deserve first, then desire', wrote Javier Shergal on X.

BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya alleged that “after Arvind Kejriwal got interim bail, desperate for propriety, Rahul Gandhi has now punched above his weight”. “Debate is good. But why should anyone, let alone the current Prime Minister, debate Rahul Gandhi? He is neither the Congress president nor the prime ministerial face of Indian unity. Congress has to relaunch Rahul Gandhi as a brand. Should stop using Modi,” he wrote on the social media platform.

Smriti Irani on Rahul Gandhi

Union minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amethi Smriti Irani said, “First, a person who does not have the guts to take on a common BJP worker in his so-called citadel should refrain from boasting. Second, who wants to sit and debate with PM Modi, I want to ask him if he is the PM candidate of the Indian Alliance.

'100 percent ready': Rahul Gandhi

At an event in Lucknow on Friday, responding to a question from an audience member, Rahul Gandhi said he was “100 per cent” ready to take on Narendra Modi in a debate, adding that he knew Prime Minister will not agree.

(with inputs from PTI)

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