New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a Member of Lok Sabha over his ‘Modi surname’ remark conviction has been met with strong reactions from the party, with Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stating that “This government is scared of the questions being posed to it. This has been done as a part of planning to make sure Rahul Gandhi doesn’t stay in Parliament…We are not scared, we will continue to fight.”
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla announced the termination of Rahul Gandhi’s membership under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act on March 23, following his conviction in the criminal defamation case filed by BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani.
The Congress party had defended Rahul Gandhi, calling the case politically motivated and stating that he had only spoken the truth about the Prime Minister.
However, with Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, the party has lost a prominent member of Lok Sabha. Congress has not yet commented on the decision.
This is not the first time that Rahul Gandhi has been convicted in a defamation case. In 2019, he was convicted in another defamation case filed by an RSS worker in Maharashtra.