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Rahul Gandhi ‘100% ready’ to take on Modi in debate; says PM ‘won’t agree’

On May 10, 2024, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) president and party candidate from Kanauj constituency Akhilesh Yadav (Akhilesh Yadav) Greets supporters at a public meeting on Lok Sabha elections in Karnaj.

On May 10, 2024, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) president and party candidate from Kannauj constituency Akhilesh Yadav Akhilesh Yadav greets supporters at a public meeting on Lok Sabha elections in Karnaj. Photo credit: ANI

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on May 10 that his party had also made mistakes and that politics must change in the future.

The remarks came at an event in Lucknow, where he accused Narendra Modi of being a monarch and not a prime minister, calling him a front for a “second-tier financier”.

Replying to an audience question on the Constitution, the former Congress president said he was “100 per cent” ready to debate Modi in a debate but knew the prime minister would not agree.

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“The Congress party must also change its politics in the future. This has to be done. I would also like to say that the Congress party has also made mistakes and I say this as a Congress party,” he said in his speech Zhong said.

However, he did not elaborate on what “changes” he thinks Congress needs.

“Samvidhan Sammelan” is organized by Samruddha Bharat Foundation.

Gandhi claimed that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party would be limited to 180 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

“If you want, I can tell you in writing that Modi will not be prime minister again,” he said, repeating a speech he had made with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav earlier in the day. Predictions made at the Uttar Pradesh united rally.

“Some politicians only think about how to gain power. I was born into this industry and have no interest in it. But for me, this is just a tool to help the public,” he said.

He said 90 per cent of India’s population consists of poor people from Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, OBCs, Dalits, tribals, minorities and general communities, who are not being equally represented.

He then reiterated his call for a caste-based census.

“If a country is to be strong, it cannot do without 90% of its people. If you say that 90% of people do not enter the bureaucracy, sports, media, judiciary, or even beauty pageants, what kind of superpower will you become? Do you want 10% of the population to become Superpower,” he said.

He accused the prime minister of attacking the constitution. “Modi lucky Mr. Gandhi said: “I am the King and I speak the truth.”

“He is not the prime minister, he is the king. He has nothing to do with the cabinet, parliament or constitution. He is the king of the 21st century, a front for two or three financiers who hold real power.

At the end of his speech, Mr Gandhi asked three questions, one of which dealt with the recent suggestion that he and the Prime Minister should participate in a debate.

“I’m 100 percent ready to debate anyone, including the prime minister. But I know the prime minister won’t debate me,” he said.

He added that party president Malika Junhaq may also participate in the debate.

Asked about the old pension scheme not being included in the party manifesto, Mr Gandhi said the issue “remains for consideration”.

Asked whether institutions privatized by the Modi government would be nationalized again, Gandhi said, “It will be difficult, but we will not allow blatant privatization of large institutions.”

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