New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students' leader Kanhaiya Kumar has been challenged by Jhanvi Behal , a 15-year-old girl from Ludhiana in Punjab, for an open debate on his stance against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.
Now the 29-year-old from Begusarai in Bihar, who has been advocating freedom of his speech, will accept this challenge from the teenager?
Even hours after the open challenge, there has been no acknowledgement from Kanhaiya Kumar regarding acceptance or rejection of the challenge.
Significantly, in a similar move, Kanhaiya has also challenged senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for a debate over 'anti-national' row after coming out of jail last week.
"If my friends in ABVP are listening to me, I want to request them to bring Swamyji here so that we can debate the issue (on shutting down JNU). If through logic, he manages to prove that JNU should be shut down for four months, I will agree with him wholeheartedly. If not, I would request him to leave the country and live outside as he has done on earlier occasions," Kanhaiya said while coming out of jail last week.
Earlier in the day, in an open challenge to Kanhaiya Kumar, Jhanvi had challenged Kanhaiya Kumar to meet her 'wherever and whenever' for the debate.
"I am ready for an open debate wherever and whenever he (Kanhaiya) wants. It is very easy to criticise someone while sitting at home. Kanhaiya should concentrate on working like PM Modi," said Jhanvi.
"Whatever Kanhaiya ji said against PM Modi is completely wrong and unacceptable. It would have been better if he had spoken against those anti-nationals who raised slogans rather than PM Modi," added Jhanvi.
Earlier, Jhanvi Behal has received a letter of appreciation from PM Modi for social works.