Rahul Gandhi ‘dares’ PM Modi to a debate: 5 reasons Modi should accept the challenge

The PM likes advising students before their exams. Surely, at present, there is no greater 'exam warrior' in India than Rahul Gandhi? Hai na, Modi ji?

 |  3-minute read |   08-02-2019
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We don’t know if Rahul Gandhi has watched Uri yet — but his josh is high indeed.

On February 7, the Congress President challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a direct debate.

Speaking at the Congress minority wing’s national convention, Rahul said: “Modi ji, you said you have a 56-inch chest. I challenge you to come have a face-to-face debate with me. I challenge you… I challenge the BJP, let Narendra Modi ji debate with me on stage. He is scared. He is a darpok (coward) person. I have recognised him.”

The great grand face-off: It won't get bigger than this!The great grand face-off: It won't get bigger than this! (Photos: PTI)

Was Rahul right in challenging him? Well, why not? 

And now that he has, we really want Modiji to accept the challenge.

Here's five reasons why:

1.). Pappu pass ho gaya? The ultimate test

Ranbir Kapoor has been trying to ‘come of age’ for almost a decade now — from Wake Up Sid (2009) to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016). The only one to beat this #10yearchallenge is Rahul Gandhi. Headlines have been proclaiming his ‘coming of age’ since 2009, but the jury is still out on that.

This 'age' is a long time coming. This coming of age is a long time in the coming! (Photo: DailyO)

There can be no better way to settle this question than a direct debate with the PM, who has long experience of election campaigning, debating in Parliament and the state Assembly, and is undoubtedly a combative and compelling orator.  

Let them have a one-on-one. If Rahul can ace this test, the man once mockingly called 'Pappu' will have truly passed.


As elections come closer, on one side, we have the TINA-ites: There Is No Alternative (to Modi).

Then, there are those who don’t particularly like the BJP in its present form — but are scared of any Eena Meena Deeka becoming the PM if a khichdi coalition comes to power.

All the PM hopefuls, thus, — Behenji, Didi, KCR garu — should ask Modiji for a debate. The one whose challenge the PM accepts automatically becomes his challenger-in-chief for the 2019 polls.

No kich kich, no jhik jhik.

3.). Baat karne se baat banti hai

As all of us have by now noticed, the PM and Rahul Gandhi talk about each other A LOT. Instead of telling us what they intend to do for the nation, both are busy talking about what the other has done/not done.

Sample just one day’s work: On February 7, Rahul Gandhi made this rather mystifying comment: “China jaan gaya ki iski chappan inch ki nahi chaar inch ki chaati hai (China knows he has a 4-inch chest, and not a 56-inch one)”.

A few hours later, the PM got back with the equally bewildering: “Our friends in the Congress see things in two time periods. BC — Before Congress, when nothing happened. AD — After dynasty, where everything happened.”

Clearly, they have issues.

Maybe Modiji and Rahulji just need to sit down over, say, a hot chocolate (powered by cream courtesy gau mata) and have a good conversation. Instead of talking about each other, they should talk to each other. Hopefully, it will cure both of their obsession with each other. And then, maybe, finally, they might just start talking about voters.

4.). Here are the jobs

Think about the employment generation potential of such an event.

Just think.

Selling pakodas outside the venue of the debate Tickets to the NaMo vs RaGa debate would sell like hot pakodas. Or, you could sell hot pakodas outside the venue. (Photo: Twitter)

Selling tickets in white and in black for the event. Selling chai, nimbu paanii, pakodas outside the venue. Making memes and jokes about the event. Betting on the winner.

The mind, it boggles.

5.). Exam warriors

PM Modi likes advising students ahead of exams, as we saw recently with the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0’ event. Heck, he even authored a book, Exam Warriors, on the subject. But surely, no student in India is facing a tougher exam right now than Rahul Baba? It is only fitting that the PM debates him personally, and helps him prepare.

If Rahul can pass this agni pariksha, the General Election will be a cakewalk for him.  

These are not the only exam warriors who need the PM's sage advice. These are not the only exam warriors who could use the PM's advice — ek aur bhi hai! (Photo: PTI/file)

As this article was being written, the PM said in Parliament: “We are not those who run away from challenges. We face the challenges and work to fulfil people’s aspirations.”

Kya PM ne hamari sunli? If yes, hoping to hear the PM and Rahul debate soon. That will be the real je baat!  

Also read: PM Narendra Modi is wearing the 'hat' and he is wearing it in style!


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