Massive Outrage Over Rahul’s Conviction and Disqualification

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Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — The disqualification and conviction of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the defamation case related to the Modi surname has drawn massive outrage from leaders across the political spectrum.

Gandhi was disqualified from membership of the parliament on Friday following a court in Gujarat’s Surat convicted him in a case related to the statement he made about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Consequent upon his conviction by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Surat…, Rahul Gandhi, Lok Sabha MP representing Wayanad Parliamentary constituency of Kerala, stands disqualified from the membership of the lower house from the date of his conviction…” reads the notification issued by Lok Sabha.

The disqualification came in for strong condemnation from prominent leaders of different political parties.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury described the actions against Gandhi as an “authoritarian assault”.

“It’s condemnable that the BJP is now using the criminal defamation route to target opposition leaders and disqualify them as done with @RahulGandhi now,” he tweeted.

TMC Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien called the development “the lowest since 1950” and “terrible”.

“BJP is desperate to silence the voice of the opposition. We know that they are desperate. We know that they want to silence the opposition voice. We know that they would go to all lows. This is the low of the low,” he said.

Shiv Sena (UTB) chief Uddhav Thackeray called the disqualification as “murder of democracy”.

“Rahul Gandhi’s candidacy has been cancelled. Calling a thief a thief has become a crime in our country. Thieves & looters are still free & Rahul Gandhi was punished. This is a direct murder of democracy. All govt systems are under pressure. This is the beginning of the end of the dictatorship. Only the fight has to be given direction,” Thackery was quoted by ANI as saying.

Noted Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan called the conviction of Gandhi by the Surat court “ridiculous”.

“Despite the ridiculous conviction for defamation for 2 yrs by the Surat court, the sentence was stayed for 30 days for Rahul to appeal. But within a day, the Lok Sabha sect disqualified him! All to prevent him from speaking on Adani. BJP has stalled Parl for 2 weeks for this,” Bhushan tweeted.

Reacting to the defamation case against Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of defaming the country, people, and the constitution.

He said that the BJP is scared of the opposition. That’s why the party slapped cases against opposition leaders.

Senior journalist Sagrika Gosh said that the conviction of Gandhi in the defamation case is “excessive” and asked whether the people from the BJP who used foul language will be convicted.

Rajya Sabha MP and prominent Supreme Court advocate Kapil Sibal said the legal process is being used for political ends.

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