The Congress Party called Rahul Gandhi’s removal from the Lok Sabha a “dark day for Indian democracy,” saying the measure was motivated by “political vendetta.”
The Congress Party called Rahul Gandhi’s removal from the Lok Sabha a “dark day for Indian democracy,” and alleged the decision was motivated by “political vendetta.”
Gandhi was barred from the Lok Sabha by a notification issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat on Friday, a day after being convicted by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation lawsuit for his statement on “Modi surname”.
In a reply to disqualification of Rahul Gandhi, President of Congress (Mallikarjun Kharge) remarked that the BJP tried all they could to disqualify him since he was telling the truth.
The BJP may assume that his removal from the Lok Sabha has solved their problem, but he insists that the call for a JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) would continue. Opposition leaders have demanded that the Adani matter be investigated by the JPC.
According to the Congress president, a meeting of key party leaders would be conducted to make decision on a future strategy.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress’ Lok Sabha leader, slammed the administration over Gandhi’s disqualification, saying the country is seeing “politics of vendetta driven by the Modi government.”
Chowdhury described the exclusion as a “cruel” action by an “autocratic” administration, claiming that democracy cannot exist under the current regime.
K C Venugopal, the Congress general secretary in-charge of the organisation, also lashed out at the government, saying that the day Gandhi raised concerns about the Adani project against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP devised a “conspiracy” to suppress Gandhi’s voice.
Prominent Congress leader Shashi Tharoor expressed surprise at the swiftness with which the move against Gandhi was taken.
The Congress claimed in a Hindi tweet that – “Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership has been cancelled. From the road to the Parliament, he is always battling for you and this country, doing everything he can to safeguard democracy. Regardless of any plot, he will battle on at all costs and will follow the law in this situation. The struggle goes on.”