BJP Chooses Raebareli Leader For Public Debate Against Rahul Gandhi


Accepting the invitation for a public debate with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha President Tejasvi Surya nominated BJYM’s Vice President Abhinav Prakash.

It is pertinent to note that the invitation was extended to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi by Retired Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Ajit P Shah, and journalist N Ram for a debate on the key election issues.

Tejasvi Surya proposed the name of Abhinav Prakash, stating that he is from a Dalit caste, Pasi, which makes up a significant proportion of over 30% of the scheduled caste population in Raebareli where Rahul Gandhi is contesting in the current Lok Sabha election.

Elaborating on the credentials of Abhinav Prakash, he wrote in a letter, “He is not only distinguished leader within our youth wing but also an articulate spokesperson for the policies and reforms implemented by our government. An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University and an assistant professor of economics at Delhi University’s Ramjas College, with previous teaching stints at SRCC, his profound understanding of social, economic, and political dynamics is poised to enrich the debate significantly.”

Dear Rahul Gandhi Ji,

BJYM has deputed Sri @Abhina_Prakash, our VP, to debate with you.

He is a young and educated leader from the Pasi (SC) community, who are around 30%, in Rae Baraeli.

It will be an enriching debate between a political scion and a common youngster who…

— Tejasvi Surya (ಮೋದಿಯ ಪರಿವಾರ) (@Tejasvi_Surya) May 13, 2024

On May 10, Rahul Gandhi in a letter addressed to retired judges Madan B. Lokur, Ajit P. Shah, and journalist N. Ram, expressed readiness to participate in the debate either himself or through Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.

“It would be a positive initiative for the major parties to present their vision to the country from one platform for a healthy democracy. Congress welcomes this initiative and accepts the invitation for discussion. The country also expects the Prime Minister to take part in this dialogue,” Mr Gandhi said while accepting the invitation.

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