24 Mar 2023

Rahul Gandhi Lok Sabha Membership Terminated

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's membership of Parliament was terminated on Friday. He was a member of the Lok Sabha from Wayanad, Kerala. Information about this has been given by issuing a letter from the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

In the defamation case, the court of Surat had sentenced him to 2 years on Thursday. In 2019, Rahul Gandhi gave a statement regarding the Modi surname in the assembly of Karnataka. He had said – Why is the surname of all thieves Modi?

Announcing his disqualification, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said in a notification that it was effective from March 23, the day of his conviction.

"Consequent upon his conviction by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Surat...Rahul Gandhi, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction i.e. 23 March, 2023 the notification read.

SC had said any MP or MLA would be disqualified for membership from date of conviction

The Supreme Court, in its judgment on July 11, 2013, had said that any MP or MLA would be disqualified for membership of Parliament or Legislative Assembly from the date of conviction in the lower court. The court had given this order in the case of Lily Thomas vs. Union of India. Earlier, there was a provision not to terminate the membership of MLA or MP till the final decision of the court.

Gandhi would not be able to contest elections for eight years

Following his disqualification, Rahul Gandhi would not be able to contest elections for eight years unless a higher court stays his conviction and sentence.

Reacting to Gandhi's disqualification, the Congress said it would fight the battle both "legally and politically".

"We will not be intimidated or silenced. Instead of a JPC into the PM-linked Adani MahaMegaScam Rahul Gandhi stands disqualified. Indian Democracy Om Shanti," Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet.

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