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Rahul Gandhi disqualified highlights: Row erupts between BJP, Congress

Check out highlights here on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's disqualification from Lok Sabha as it unfolds. 
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House complex in New Delhi on Friday,
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House complex in New Delhi on Friday,

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as a member of Lok Sabha a day after the Surat court convicted him for two years in a defamation case. However, he was granted a 30-day bail in the case to allow him appeal in a higher court.  The Lok Sabha secretariat said in a notification that he has been disqualified from the day of the conviction under the Constitution’s Article 102(1)(e) read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act....Read More

Gandhi attended the Budget session on Friday briefly before the Lok Sabha was adjourned for an hour and later convened for the day. The Surat court convicted the Congress leader over his remark he made in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election where he wondered ‘how all thieves have Modi surnames’.

As a next step, the Wayanad MP will have to appeal to the higher court seeking a stay on the conviction, in order to prevent the disqualification and the Congress said it will follow the procedure to move a higher court.

Follow all the updates here:
Mar 24, 2023 10:15 PM IST

Benefits Rahul Gandhi stands to lose after being disqualified as Lok Sabha MP

Members of Parliament enjoy several perks along with different monthly allowances. Check out what benefits Rahul Gandhi will be cut out of after being disqualified as a Lok Sabha MP. Read more

Mar 24, 2023 9:23 PM IST

Shashi Tharoor finds irony in Rahul Gandhi saga

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor found Rahul Gandhi's disqualification from Lok Sabha membership “ironic” as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was demanding apology for his “democracy under attack” remark in London. Read more

Mar 24, 2023 8:05 PM IST

Experts believe Rahul Gandhi's disqualification would be an advantage for Congress

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's disqualification from Lok Sabha following his conviction in a criminal defamation case appears to have come as a setback at the moment but experts say it may turn out to be an advantage for him and his party. Read more

Mar 24, 2023 7:28 PM IST

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slams BJP, PM Modi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said her brother 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. Read more

Mar 24, 2023 7:12 PM IST

Union minister says Rahul Gandhi wouldn't have lost his Lok Sabha seat if…

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. Read more

Mar 24, 2023 6:52 PM IST

‘Not a surprise’: Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy 

Former Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said on Rahul Gandhi's disqualification that ‘it is not a surprise because everyone knows how the Central government is behaving’.

Mar 24, 2023 6:42 PM IST

Mahua Moitra says Rahul Gandhi's disqualificatin is…

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra condemned the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as a Lok Sabha member on behalf of her party. She termed the recent development ‘the last nail in the coffin for constitutional freedoms in India’.

Mar 24, 2023 6:33 PM IST

Clash between Chhattsgarh Youth Congress, BJP workers erupts over Rahul Gandhi disqualification row

Youth Congress and BJP workers enter into a clash with each other in Raipur over the disqualification of #RahulGandhi as an MP. Stone pelting also ensued.

Earlier this evening, Chhattisgarh Youth Congress protested against BJP over the issue in Raipur.

Mar 24, 2023 6:30 PM IST

BJP alleges ‘conspiracy in Congress’ over Rahul Gandhi losing Lok Sabha seat

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said Rahul Gandhi being disqualified as a Lok Sabha MP would set the Congress leader free from the role that he found ‘unfortunate’. Union minister Anurag Thakur asked the Congress leader to understand the ‘well-planned conspiracy' within Congress to ‘get rid of’ him by not challenging the Surat court's verdict on time despite having a battery of lawyers in the party. Read more

Mar 24, 2023 5:30 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi says he is ‘ready to pay any price’

He shared a brief message in a recent tweet from his Twitter handle. “Fighting for the voice of India. I am ready to pay any price,” he said in the tweet.

Mar 24, 2023 5:27 PM IST

‘Government has to withdraw action taken against Rahul Gandhi’: Tamil Nadu CM

Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK chief MK Stalin also reacted after Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as a member of Lok Sabha.

Mar 24, 2023 4:35 PM IST

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal slams Centre over Rahul Gandhi's disqualification

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal alleged that attempts are being made under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership to destroy the country. 

Mar 24, 2023 4:30 PM IST

‘Government is perturbed since…’: Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has reacted on the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as a Lok Sabha member. He recalled Indira Gandhi's disqualification case and said that it resulted in her becoming the Prime Minster with a massive majority.

“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 won't tolerate such a dictatorial NDA government,” he told ANI.

Mar 24, 2023 4:21 PM IST

‘Rahul Gandhi paying price for…’: Congress after disqualification setback

The Congress on Friday alleged the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government is rattled and finding new techniques to throttle Rahul Gandhi's voice, after the former Congress president was disqualified from Lok Sabha, 24 hours after he was convicted by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case. Read more

Mar 24, 2023 4:18 PM IST

‘PM Modi had once…’: Telanga Congress chief says decision on disqualification taken to divert attention

Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy said the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi is a ‘non-democratic step’ and that the whole decision was taken ‘by pressurising the Lok Sabha Secretariat’. 

“PM Modi had once called Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury 'Surpanakha' in Rajya Sabha. Being a PM he used such derogatory remarks for her. They are just trying to scare the Gandhi family but we all are with them,” he told ANI.

Mar 24, 2023 3:57 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh CM criticises Rahul Gandhi amid disqualification row

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has criticised Rahul Gandhi after he was disqualified as a Lok Sabha member. “Whosoever does a wrong thing that person has to face the consequences for their wrongdoing,” he said. (ANI)

Mar 24, 2023 3:54 PM IST

Bihar minister Tej Pratap Yadav says Rahul Gandhi's disqualification a ‘conspiracy’.

“This has been done as a part of a conspiracy. The people of Bihar and the entire nation are seeing what they (BJP) are doing. Everything happening at their (BJP)orders,” Bihar minister Tej Pratap Yadav said. (ANI)

Mar 24, 2023 3:52 PM IST

Here's what Rahul Gandhi's disqualification notice says

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been convicted in a criminal defamation case for his ‘Modi surname’ remark and has been given a two-year term by a local court in Gujarat. The court has also granted him a 30-day bail to allow him to appeal in a higher court.

Following this, he has been disqualified as a member of Lok Sabha on Friday. 

Here's what the notice from Lok Sabha Secretariat says:

“Consequent upon his conviction by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Surat in C.C./18712/2019, Shri Rahul Gandhi, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction i.e. 23 March, 2023 in terms of the provisions of Article 102(1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.”

An elected representative sentenced for any offence for two years or more faces immediate disqualification under the Representation of People Act, 1951. Read more

Mar 24, 2023 3:42 PM IST

‘Direct murder of democracy’: Former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Former Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sens (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray said that calling ‘a thief, a thief has become a crime in the country’. He also alleged that ‘thieves and looters are still free' and Rahul Gandhi was being punished. 

“This is a direct murder of democracy. All govt systems are under pressure. This is the beginning of the end of dictatorship. Only the fight has to be given direction,” he said.

Mar 24, 2023 3:39 PM IST

Why has Rahul Gandhi been disqualified? 

Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad constituency Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from the House on grounds of a conviction charge against him over a defamation case. A local court in Gujarat has given the Congress leader a two-year term for a remark he made in Karnataka ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election where he wondered ‘how all thieves have Modi surnames’. 

Any elected representative sentenced for any offence for two years or more faces immediate disqualification under the Representation of People Act, 1951. One provision of the Act that granted three-month protection from disqualification was struck down in 2013 as “ultra vires” by the Supreme Court in the Lily Thomas case.

Mar 24, 2023 3:32 PM IST

‘Impossible to remove him from…’: Karnatka Congress chief on Rahul Gandhi's disqualification

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar said it is ‘impossible to remove him (Rahul Gandhi) from the seat given in the heart of crores of Indians’. He was reacting to the recent disqualification of the Congress leader as a Lok Sabha as a member.

Mar 24, 2023 3:27 PM IST

Congress workers in Lucknow detained for protesting against disqualification of Rahul Gandhi

Congress workers in Lucknow detained during protest against the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as member of Parliament.

Mar 24, 2023 3:25 PM IST

Sonia Gandhi arrives at Rahul Gandhi's residence

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi has arrived at Rahul Gandhi's residence in Delhi's 12, Tughlaq Lane.

Mar 24, 2023 3:20 PM IST

‘Politics of vendetta being spearheaded by Modi government': Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged that the country is witnessing ‘politics of vendetta being spearheaded by Modi government against Rahul Gandhi’.

Mar 24, 2023 3:16 PM IST

‘New low for our constitutional democracy’: Mamata Banerjee 

West Bengal chief minister and Trinmool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee slammed the BJP-led central government over the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as a Lok Sabha member. 

“In PM Modi’s New India, Opposition leaders have become the prime target of BJP! While BJP leaders with criminal antecedents are inducted into the cabinet, Opposition leaders are disqualified for their speeches. Today, we have witnessed a new low for our constitutional democracy,” she said.

Mar 24, 2023 3:13 PM IST

Shashi Tharoor ‘stunned’ by rapidity of action

Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor said he was stunned by the rapidity of the action against Rahul Gandhi when an appeal against the verdict was “known to be in process,” calling it “politics with the gloves off.”

“I’m stunned by this action and by its rapidity, within 24 hours of the court verdict and while an appeal was known to be in process. This is politics with the gloves off and it bodes ill for our democracy,” he tweeted.

Mar 24, 2023 3:11 PM IST

Congress said Rahul Gandhi to continue the fight ‘to save the democracy’

Extending support to Rahul Gandhi, Congress' official Twitter handle said that he will continue the fight ‘to save the democracy’.

Mar 24, 2023 3:08 PM IST

Union minister slams Rahul Gandhi over his ‘Modi surname’ remark

Union minister Bhupender Yadav took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi for his ‘Modi surname’ remark and asked how can he call the entire community ‘chor’.

"How can he (Rahul Gandhi) call the entire community "chor"? Freedom of speech does not mean defaming or insulting any community. He abused the OBC community, not criticised it. He is not even seeking an apology for his remarks. He also defamed the nation abroad," he said. (ANI)

Mar 24, 2023 3:00 PM IST

BJP don't want who speak the truth: Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said the Opposition will continue to demand for the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) over the Adani-Hindenburg case. He also alleged that the BJP tried ‘all ways’ to disqualify Rahul Gandhi as a member of Lok Sabha.

Mar 24, 2023 2:51 PM IST

Clear case of anti-democratic, dictatorship attitude of BJP govt: KC Venugopal

Senior Congress leader KC Venugopal slammed the BJP-led central government over the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as a Lok Sabha member. He said that the government started silencing the Congress leader from the day he started raising questions on Adani issue.

Mar 24, 2023 2:48 PM IST

Congress calls meeting at 5 pm today

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said that a meeting has been called at the party office over the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as Lok Sabha MP. The meeting will be held at 5 pm today.

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