Two lawyers filed complaints of sedition against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Allahabad and Varanasi on Wednesday while the party’s Assam unit lodged an FIR against the state BJP over its smear campaign against the leader.
The complaint filed in an Allahabad district court alleged that Gandhi took an anti-national stand by supporting protesting JNU students and will be taken up on March 1. In Varanasi, a lawyer filed an application to register a complaint against Gandhi, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja and Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi under Sections 505 (1) B, 511, 124A and 500 of the Indian Penal Code. The court fixed March 12 as the next date of hearing.
Taking the debate over the JNU row to a new low, Kailash Choudhary, BJP MLA from Baytoo in Barmer, Rajasthan, said Gandhi was a traitor who should be handed capital punishment. Choudhary is also the state president of the BJP Kisan Morcha.
State Congress president Sachin Pilot said it was a highly objectionable comment and it exposed the real character of the BJP. The BJP should suspend the MLA immediately and a criminal case should be filed against Choudhary, Pilot said.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee lodged an FIR against the state BJP unit over the dirty campaign launched by the saffron party against Gandhi on the issue of his support to protesting JNU students.
During Gandhi’s visit to the state on February 10 and 11, BJP cadres launched a poster campaign in Guwahati against the Congress vice-president’s support to the JNU protest.
(With inputs from HTC Allahabad, Varanasi, Jaipur and Guwahati)