Smriti Irani challenges 'open debate' to Gandhi siblings; Congress responds

Smriti Irani challenges Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to indicate their preferred TV channel, host, location, timing, and topic for discussion.

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Union Minister Smriti Irani responded on Wednesday to Priyanka Gandhi's accusations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speeches lack factual basis, throwing down the gauntlet for an open debate between the Congress general secretary, her brother Rahul Gandhi, and a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson.

In her statement, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra challenged PM Modi to address issues such as unemployment, inflation, and the struggles faced by farmers instead of relying on imagination. In response, Smriti Irani called on the Gandhi siblings to specify the platform, host, time, and topic for a debate with a BJP representative.

"I challenge them (Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi) to pick any channel, anchor, place, time and issue to debate with the BJP. Dono bhai-behen ek taraf aur BJP ka ek pravakta ek taraf, doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho jaayega (On one side, there will be the brother-sister duo and on the other side, there will be a spokesperson of the BJP; everything will be clear)." Smriti Irani conveyed to a news agency.

In response to Irani's challenge, Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate threw a counter-challenge, inviting the minister to debate with her on any platform, date, time, and topic of Irani's choosing. Shrinate emphasised that Irani lacked the stature to engage with the top leadership of the Congress and urged her to accept the challenge rather than resorting to rhetorical statements.

Priyanka Gandhi also addressed PM Modi's recent claims, accusing him of relying heavily on imagination rather than facts in his speeches. She highlighted instances where PM Modi made outlandish statements, from accusing the Congress of planning to steal buffaloes to inventing scenarios about X-ray machines finding people's jewels. Priyanka Gandhi remarked that such remarks, if not coming from the Prime Minister, would be laughable, given the seriousness of the office he holds.