Party leaders will meet with President Droupadi Murmu on Friday to discuss the issue after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was found guilty in a criminal defamation case in 2019. A gathering of opposition leaders has also been scheduled by the House.
In addition to holding a meeting with other opposition leaders in the morning, the AICC general secretary Jairam Ramesh announced that the party would march in protest from Parliament House to Vijay Chowk. During a meeting on Thursday night at Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s house, the Congress also declared a mass agitation. On Monday, the party is anticipated to organise protest marches in Delhi and other states.
“This is just another clear illustration of the Modi administration’s politics of vengeance, intimidation, and threat. Together with using political means, we will oppose it legally. We won’t submit to such politics or be frightened by them, and we’ll make this a crucial political issue “After the meeting to discuss the party’s strategy, Ramesh stated on Thursday.
The Surat court’s conviction was deemed “erroneous and unsustainable” by the Congress, which intends to appeal it to a higher court. As a blow for the Lok Sabha MP who faces the possibility of being removed from office, Gandhi was given a two-year prison sentence by the court in the 2019 criminal defamation case over his remark about the “Modi surname.” A complaint by BJP MLA Purnesh Modi led to the filing of the case against him for his alleged comment, “How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” Gandhi was given bail by the Surat court, and the punishment was postponed for 30 days so that he could file an appeal with a higher court.
Any MP, MLA, or MLC who is convicted of a crime and receives a term of at least two years is immediately excluded from the House, according to a Supreme Court decision issued on July 10, 2013.
Congress employees protested across numerous states after the Surat court’s decision. Sharad Pawar and Arvind Kejriwal among others spoke out in favour of Rahul and denounced the BJP for “conspiring against non-BJP leaders.” “A plan is being developed to prosecute and depose non-BJP politicians and parties. Although we disagree with the Congress, it is wrong to tie Rahul Gandhi to a defamation case like this, Kejriwal wrote in a tweet.