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Last Updated: March 24, 2023, 23:11 IST
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Rahul Gandhi News LIVE Updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha, a day after he was convicted by a Surat court in a criminal defamation case, related to his ‘Modi Surname’ remark.
Congress accused the government of acting with “lightning speed” in disqualifying Rahul Gandhi, saying it amounts to “strangulation of democracy” and alleging that the ruling dispensation is coming out with new techniques to “gag” him.
The party leadership got into a huddle soon after the disqualification was announced by the Lok Sabha Secretariat Read More
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The Congress on Friday accused the government of acting with “lightning speed” in disqualifying Rahul Gandhi, saying it amounts to “strangulation of democracy” and alleging that the ruling dispensation is coming out with new techniques to “gag” him. The party leadership got into a huddle soon after the disqualification was announced by the Lok Sabha Secretariat and decided to fight it legally and politically and launch a countrywide “Jan Andolan” starting Monday.
Jammu and Kashmir Congress here on Friday held a silent protest against the BJP’s “vendetta politics” and decried Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha earlier in the day. J&K Congress President Vikar Rasool Wani and scores of Congress workers staged their protest at Shaheedi Chowk in Jammu outside party headquarters wearing black badges and masks to condemn its leader’s disqualification.
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We condemn Rahul’s disqualification because whatever is happening, it’s clearly a political vendetta: @DrRijuDutta_TMC#BrassTacks @Zakka_Jacob pic.twitter.com/LaytlYGc05
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The past 48 hours have showed how the Congress botched up what could have been its moment. They allowed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to get a headstart, making the entire issue of a casteist remark by the Congress. READ MORE
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha and stripped of his MP title on Friday, following his conviction by the Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case. Reacting to the developments following his 2-year jail sentence, Rahul took to Twitter and wrote, “I am fighting for the voice of India. I am ready to pay any cost.” READ MORE
Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Friday claimed Rahul Gandhi would not have been disqualified from Lok Sabha had he apologised for his alleged critical remarks about the Indian democracy. Gandhi is a senior leader and was the president of the Congress, he should have known he should not speak “against the country” during a visit abroad, Athawale told reporters here.
#BJP MP @AprajitaSarangi hits back at #Congress, ‘#RahulGandhi has been displaying reckless behavior and has been issuing irresponsible statements for quite sometime and the entire nation has been seeing this’
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders say that the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as an MP is an “automatic” event given the 2013 Supreme Court judgment in the Lily Thomas case and pointed out that the Congress has still not shown the urgency to go to a sessions court to secure a stay on the conviction. READ MORE
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi left his residence on Friday evening following his disqualification from the Lok Sabha. His mother Sonia reached his residence earlier. The move came a day after he was convicted by a Surat court in a criminal defamation case.
In a blistering attack on the BJP, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday said Rahul Gandhi, the son of a martyred prime minister, was called ‘Mir Jafar’ and insults were hurled at his family but he would not bow down as he belongs to a family whose members have nurtured democracy by its blood.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday claimed that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Lok Sabha is BJP’s tactic to divert people’s attention from issues like inflation, unemployment and an “industrialist friend” sinking India’s money. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also alleged that since the BJP came to power in UP in 2017, it took help of the government and the administration to get false cases lodged against Samajwadi Party MLAs like Azam Khan and got them disqualified from the state assembly.
Following Congress leader Rahul Gandhi getting stripped off his Lok Sabha membership, Yashwant Sinha said, “We have entered the era of unabashed dictatorship in India. Nobody is safe now. If we don’t rise now we shall all be crushed by a power-hungry clique. Long live democracy.”
मैं भारत की आवाज़ के लिए लड़ रहा हूं।
मैं हर कीमत चुकाने को तैयार हूं।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 24, 2023
The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday called Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Lok Sabha a dictatorial move and asserted that the BJP will not be able to suppress the voice of the opposition. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after he was convicted by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case.
BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Just because you come from a family, you can’t consider yourself above all. The rules are same for everyone, but Congress wants a seperate IPC for their family.” His comments came following Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Lok Sabha on Friday.
BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday addressed the media after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha, following his conviction in a 2019 criminal defamation case. Pradhan said, “Those crying foul in Congress should remember when Manmohan Singh brought an ordinance in 2013 and Rahul declared and tore it back then saying it is nonsense.”
They had harassed Indira Gandhi as well & she was disqualified from the Parliament and they paid the price – there was a wave of Indira Gandhi and she became the PM with a massive majority. I can say that with the recent activities, chances will increase in 2024 election. People… pic.twitter.com/ZwdVtsUtUQ
— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2023
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi reacted to her brother Rahul’s Lok Sabha disqualification on Friday. Launching an attack on PM Modi, she said, “You call my family parivarvadi, but, this family watered India’s democracy with their blood,” she said.
“The blood that runs in our veins has one specialty… Never bowed down in front of a coward, power-hungry dictator like you and will never bow down. Do whatever you want,” she added.
BJP leaders Dharmendra Pradhan and Anurag Thakur addressed a press conference following Gandhi’s disqualification and called the move “lawful”. Pradhan said, ““Just because you come from a family, you can’t consider yourself above all. The rules are same for everyone, but Congress wants a seperate IPC for their family.”
Rahul’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra came out in her brother’s support and termed PM Modi as a “dictator”.
“The blood that runs in our veins has one specialty… Never bowed down in front of a coward, power-hungry dictator like you and will never bow down. Do whatever you want,” she said.
Meanwhile, Congress continued its pan-India agitation today against the conviction of Gandhi. The party was planning to meet President Droupadi Murmu with other parties over the issue. Congress raised the issue in Parliament, leading to a ruckus in both Houses.
Meanwhile, BJP claimed that Rahul Gandhi has a habit of levelling fabricated allegations having no connection with facts while alleging the Congress leader has a “huge arrogance but little understanding”. In a series of tweets amid a political fight between the saffron party and the Congress following Gandhi’s conviction, BJP president J P Nadda Friday alleged that “lies, personal slander and negative politics is integral” to his politics.
People’s “punishment” to him will be more severe in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls than in 2019 when he lost in Amethi and the Congress was routed nationally, the BJP leader said.
India’s biggest Opposition party, Congress, announced the mass agitation immediately after the conviction of Gandhi in a defamation case and said it will not just fight the case legally but also politically.
Congress President and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, has also called a meeting of the opposition parties on Friday, following which the MPs will march to the Vijay Chowk.
In the evening today, all the state Congress Presidents and legislative party leaders have been called for a meeting to chalk out plans for nationwide protests.
The Congress leadership has, reportedly, also sought time to meet President Droupadi Murmu in the afternoon today to raise the matter with her.
AICC general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, a meeting at Kharge’s residence was held on Thursday for around two hours, where it was decided that the Party chief would hold a meeting with all Pradesh Congress chiefs and Congress Legislature Party leaders in the evening and plan agitations in states as well.
“We will hold protests across Delhi and in other states on Monday on this issue,” Ramesh said.
The matter is just not a legal issue, but also a serious political issue linked with the future of democracy in the country, he said.
“This is another major example of the Modi government’s politics of vendetta, threat and intimidation. We will fight it legally as well as politically. We will not bow down or be intimidated by such politics and will turn this into a major political issue,” Ramesh said.
On Thursday morning, Rahul Gandhi was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname. The Congress leader, however, was granted bail and his sentence was suspended for 30 days to allow him to appeal the Surat court verdict.
The case was filed against Rahul Gandhi by BJP MLA and ex-Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi for saying “how come all thieves have the common surname Modi” while campaigning in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “This government is clearly relying on one set of tactics to throttle opposition voices inside the Parliament, and a second set of tactics outside it. So if you say something outside the Parliament, they wouldn’t allow the House to run.”
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