‘Don’t indulge in shoot-and-scoot politics’: Jayant Sinha challenges Rahul Gandhi to open debate on Ramgarh lynching case

Union minister Jayant Sinha on Thursday challenged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to an open debate on the Ramgarh lynching case. Sinha's challenge comes after Rahul attacked him for felicitating eight convicts in the case who were granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court.

"Shri Rahul Gandhi ji has taken the attack against me to a personal level. He has attacked my education, values, and humanity. I challenge him to a live debate in Hindi or in English on the Ramgarh lynching case. If he thinks that my personal conduct is disgusting then let's debate in a civilised manner. Let him not hide behind his social media handles and play shoot-and-scoot politics. Our great democracy deserves no less," Sinha said in a statement on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Rahul termed Sinha's action "disgusting" and sought support for a petition that seeks withdrawal of Sinha's Harvard alumni status. Rahul tweeted:

The petition by Prateek Kanwal, a 2018 graduate from Harvard University, said that action by the BJP minister "shocked the nation and brought disrepute to our great institution".

The petition said Sinha's "callous and insensitive actions" generated tremendous anger in India and have been widely reported by the media.

On the subject of his degree, Sinha said he was born in a small town in Bihar and would not care if his degree is revoked. He told ET Now, "I am not worried about my Harvard degr...

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