Indian Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi disqualified from the parliament
NEW DELHI – The Indian parliament has disqualified opposition leader Rahul Gandhi after his conviction in a defamation case. A court had sentenced Gandhi to two years in prison this week.
A notice issued by the parliament on Friday read, “Rahul Gandhi… stands disqualified from the member of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction.”
The conviction was the result of a speech Gandhi delivered before 2019 general elections, saying all thieves in India have the surname Modi.
Congress officials said that Gandhi would move the higher court against the parliament’s decision. The opposition party also staged protests in different parts of the country against the conviction and jail sentence.
Congress officials have termed the court order "politically motivated" and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of zeroing in on political opponents. The Law
As per The Representation of the People Act, 1951, any politician found “convicted of any offense and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years” shall stand disqualified. It also bars a convicted lawmaker from contending in elections for six years after completion of jail sentence.