India’s Rahul Gandhi is disqualified as a lawmaker following conviction
NEW DELHI (Reuters] – India’s parliament has disqualified opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi from being a lawmaker, just days after he was found guilty by a lower court of defamation. This is the most prominent disqualification of a sitting lawmaker in India.
These are some of the reactions to this article:
SHASHI THAROOR – MEMBER of PARLIAMENT, CONGRESS
“I am stunned by this action, and its rapidity, within 24 hour of the court verdict, and while an appeal was in process. This is politics without gloves and it bodes well for our democracy.”
JAIRAM RAMESH – MEMBER of PARLIAMENT, CONGRESS
“We will fight this struggle both legally and politically. We won’t be silenced or intimidated.”
KIREN JIJU MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT and MINISTER, BHARATIYA JANATA, PARTY
“Rahul Ghandi made very derogatory remarks and disgraced the entire OBC (other backward) Community. Surprisingly, some Congress leaders try to defend it.
(Reporting from Shivam Patel in New Delhi; editing and formatting by Barbara Lewis