Congress Needs Systematic Opposition Unity After Rahul Gandhi Setback


High Congress leaders, together with Mallikarjun Kharge and Sonia Gandhi, have been in attendance.

New Delhi:

The Congress has deliberate a nationwide “save democracy” motion to protest in opposition to the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi because the member of parliament, a day after a court docket convicted him of defamation for feedback that many thought-about insulting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The choice was taken at a technique assembly on Friday attended by prime Congress leaders, together with social gathering chief Mallikarjun Kharge, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Union Minister P Chidambaram.

“We mentioned political technique on Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification. Abhishek Manu Singhvi briefed the members on the authorized technique. Now we have deliberate protests throughout the nation within the coming days,” stated senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh.

The social gathering additionally welcomed the assertion of help of all opposition leaders and referred to as for “systematic” opposition unity.

A number of Congress lawmakers and leaders of regional opposition events – Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, MK Stalin, Uddhav Thackeray, KCR, Akhilesh Yadav – backed Mr Gandhi and attacked the ruling BJP authorities for its “dictatorship”.

“The Congress welcomes the assertion of help of all opposition leaders, we must always now take the difficulty of opposition unity ahead in a scientific means,” Mr Ramesh stated, including, “The Congress president has been coordinating with opposition events daily in parliament, now this must be executed exterior additionally.”

Moreover Mr Kharge and Sonia Gandhi, Congress basic secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal, Jairam Ramesh, Rajiv Shukla and Tariq Anwar, senior leaders Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik, Salman Khurshid and Pawan Kumar Bansal, amongst others, have been additionally current on the assembly.

Rahul Gandhi “stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction”, the decrease home of parliament stated in a discover on Friday.

“I’m preventing for the voice of India and am able to pay any worth for it,” he tweeted in Hindi, in his first response after the disqualification.

The 52-year-old was convicted and sentenced to jail for 2 years by a court docket in Surat on Thursday after he was discovered responsible of defamation in reference to a 2019 speech by which he referred to thieves as having the surname Modi.

His feedback have been seen as a slur in opposition to the Prime Minister, who went on to win the election in a landslide.

He is because of attraction in opposition to the decision in a district court docket in Gujarat, additionally PM Modi’s dwelling state.

Members of the federal government and different BJP leaders stated Mr Gandhi’s comment was a smear in opposition to all these sharing the Modi surname.

“Rahul Gandhi is a routine unfastened cannon and he thinks he can say something with out ever dealing with the results,” info minister Anurag Thakur stated. Ravi Shankar Prasad, a spokesman for the BJP, stated the court docket had acted with “due judicial course of”.

On Friday, Congress lawmakers gathered exterior the parliament to protest Mr Gandhi’s conviction, Some social gathering members additionally staged protests in opposition to his disqualification throughout the nation.


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