Rahul Gandhi disqualified as Lok Sabha MP

Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha since the date of his conviction by a Surat court in the criminal libel case on March 23 for his comment on the “surname Modi”.

“Rahul Gandhi… is disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction,” a national parliament notice said on Friday.

Gandhi was convicted on Thursday in a criminal libel case for his comments on the “surname Modi” and sentenced to two years in prison, The Hindustan Times reported.

The court granted him bail and suspended his sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal to a higher court. BJP MLA Purnesh Modi filed a complaint over his alleged comment: “How come all thieves have Modi as a common surname?”

The Wayanad MP attended Lok Sabha on Friday briefly when the House adjourned for an hour shortly after it met for the day.

Congress described the ruling as politically motivated and blamed the government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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