New Delhi: A day after he was convicted by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as a member of Lok Sabha on Friday. The Lok Sabha secretariat also declared his constituency- Kerala’s Waynard vacant. The Election Commission can now conduct a by-election for the seat.
“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…,” reads the Loksabha Secretariat letter.
Meanwhile, Congress has termed it a conspiracy to silence the Waynard MP as he is regularly targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party continued its pan-India agitation today against the conviction of Gandhi. The party was planning to meet President Droupadi Murmu with other parties over the issue.