US Lawmaker Ro Khanna On Rahul Gandhi Row

'Betrayal Of Gandhian Philosophy': US Lawmaker On Rahul Gandhi Row

The disqualification will bar Rahul Gandhi from contesting polls for eight years.


Senior Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha is a “deep betrayal” of Gandhian philosophy, an influential Indian-origin Congressman mentioned on Friday.

Mr Gandhi, the previous Congress president, was on Friday disqualified from the Lok Sabha, practically 24 hours after a courtroom in Surat convicted him in a defamation case.

“The expulsion of Rahul Gandhi from parliament is a deep betrayal of Gandhian philosophy and India’s deepest values,” Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna mentioned in a tweet.

“This isn’t what my grandfather sacrificed years in jail for,” Mr Khanna mentioned. Khanna represents Silicon Valley within the US Home of Representatives.

Mr Khanna, who’s the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian- People, has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention on this situation.

“You may have the ability to reverse this choice for the sake of Indian democracy,” Mr Khanna mentioned in one other tweet.

The disqualification will bar 52-year-old Mr Gandhi, a four-time MP, from contesting polls for eight years except a better courtroom stays his conviction and sentence.

In the meantime, George Abraham, vice-chair of the Indian Abroad Congress, USA, termed Gandhi’s disqualification as a tragic day for democracy in India.

“It’s a unhappy day for democracy in India. By disqualifying Rahul Gandhi, Modi sarkar is ringing the demise knell for the fitting to free speech and freedom of Indians in all places,” Mr Abraham mentioned.

“Bringing a frivolous courtroom case in opposition to a comment within the warmth of a political marketing campaign is shameful and never on par with the spirit of the Structure concerning freedom of expression,” he added.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Read More