Chidambaram hits out at PM for not accepting proposal of debating CAA with 5 critics

Accusing the opposition of “misleading” people on CAA, Amit Shah threw a challenge for the debate to Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati

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Chidambaram has been a staunch critic of the measures taken by the central government in handling the economic losses caused due to the COVID-19 lockdown and the migrant crisis ailing the country. Photo: PTI

In the midst of charges and counter charges being traded, over the Controversial Citizenship law, between the ruling and the opposition parties, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday (January 21) asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi as to why he or his government did not accept his suggestion of the PM holding an open debate with five critics of the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) and let people draw their own conclusion.

“I had suggested that the PM should select five of the most articulate critics and hold a Q&A session with them. Why doesn’t the PM/Government accept the suggestion? Let five critics of CAA-NPR debate the PM. Let the event be televised live. And let the people draw their own conclusions,” he said on Twitter.

In another tweet, he said, “HM (home minister) has dared the Opposition to debate CAA. Is that not what the Opposition, jurists, academics, writers, artists, students and youth have been doing since Dec 12?”

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Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has categorically refused to withdraw the law the stiff opposition notwithstanding.

Accusing the opposition of “misleading” people on the amended law, Amit Shah threw a challenge for a debate to Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool Congress), Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) and Mayawati (Bahujan Samaj Party).