Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day after he was disqualified from parliament. His disqualification came following his conviction and jail sentence in a defamation case stemming from a 2019 remark implying PM Modi was a criminal. Mr Gandhi's Wayanad seat has also fell vacant after his disqualification. He has been granted bail and his sentence suspended for 30 days to let him appeal his conviction.
Here are the Highlights on Rahul Gandhi's disqualification:
If Rahul Gandhi's conviction is not overturned, he will not be allowed to contest elections for eight years.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi "intentionally abused the Other Backward Classes (OBC) community" of the country, echoing BJP's stance that Mr Gandhi's remark was a "smear campaign" against those who share the Modi surname and the OBC community. Read here
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday claimed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the OBC community and Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar and should be "punished".
Political strategist turned activist Prashant Kishor on Saturday termed as "excessive" the two years' imprisonment awarded to Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case.
Even if they disqualify me permanently, I will keep doing my work. it does not matter if I am inside the Parliament or not. I will keep fighting for the country: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/qB7AGB1jME- ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2023
Kolkata | West Bengal Pradesh Youth Congress staged a protest at Dharmatala (Esplanade), against the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as a member of Parliament. pic.twitter.com/9Kfj965tvc- ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2023
Patna | In his press conference, Rahul Gandhi tried to make false statements & did not speak on the subject. Rahul Gandhi has been punished for his speech in 2019. Today he said that 'I speak thoughtfully' which means whatever Rahul Gandhi said in 2019, it was spoken... pic.twitter.com/PzBAbYDyaD- ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2023
#WATCH | He (Rahul Gandhi) is being able to speak because there is democracy in this country. He is the one speaking the most against Modi ji and still says that his voice is being strangled: Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal pic.twitter.com/1lHW8Ns6hd- ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2023
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in his first press conference since being disqualified from the Parliament, launched an all out attack on the BJP, saying he has been disqualified from the Parliament as PM Modi is scared of his next speech. Read here
मेरा नाम सावरकर नहीं है, मेरा नाम गांधी है।- Congress (@INCIndia) March 25, 2023
गांधी किसी ने माफी नहीं मांगते। pic.twitter.com/SGJvRv9q6u
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he is undeterred by his disqualification as a Member of the Parliament.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have reached Congress headquarters in Delhi. He is set to address a press conference shortly which will be his first interaction with the media following his disqualification as an MP.
As part of a protest against the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from Lok Sabha, Wayanad District Congress Committee chief ND Appachan said that the party will observe "Black Day" on Saturday. Earlier, Leader of the Opposition in Kerala, VD Satheesan, said that the action against Mr Gandhi was "hasty and politically motivated".
They tried to silence a voice. Now every corner of the world hears the voice of India. pic.twitter.com/HQ71nLwxW0- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 25, 2023
The Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, which fell vacant yesterday after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's disqualification as a Member of Parliament, may witness by-election by September. Read here.