Varun Gandhi declines invitation to speak at Oxford Union debate
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi has turned down an invitation for a debate at Oxford University about whether India is on the right path under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governance. His decision comes at a time when his cousin, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, is facing heat for allegedly insulting India during his United Kingdom (UK) visit earlier this month.
India is on the right path for development: Varun
Informing about the invitation, Varun tweeted, "India's polity regularly offers us a space to critique and provide constructive suggestions to improve our policies." "Subjecting India's choices and challenges to international scrutiny, for me, is a dishonorable act," he added. Nevertheless, he expressed his gratitude by calling the opportunity "a mark of great honor," according to a news clipping he posted on Twitter.
Check out the Twitter post by Varun Gandhi
I have declined the invitation for a debate at the Oxford Union.— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) March 17, 2023
India's polity regularly offers us a space to critique & provide constructive suggestions to improve our policies.
Subjecting India’s choices & challenges to international scrutiny, for me, is a dishonourable act. pic.twitter.com/4XsZfV9vV4
Rahul facing widespread criticism over his remarks
Meanwhile, the proceedings at Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned until March 20, with the BJP demanding an apology from Rahul over his comments in London. Notably, the former Congress president's speech at Cambridge University sparked a massive row in India after he claimed that democracy in the country was under attack and Opposition leaders were being spied on.