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Rahul Gandhi is a politician convicted of criminal defamation and a disqualified parliamentarian

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Rahul Gandhi is no martyr but a habitual liar and a condescending politician with an air of entitlement and political aristocracy.

Rahul Gandhi has time and again suffered from what seems to be a perpetual foot-in-the-mouth disease. This time, however, his fouth-in-the-mouth syndrome has led to a foot-on-the-arse effect.

Rahul Gandhi did not just insult Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his ‘Modi thieves’ jibe but an entire OBC community.

Today, Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha a day after he was convicted in a defamation case by a Surat court. A notice issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat said he stood disqualified from the House from March 23, the day of his conviction.

Surat district court sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two years in jail on charges of defamation for a 2019 speech in which he referred to thieves as having the surname Modi. Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Verma convicted Gandhi, for saying ‘why do all thieves have the name Modi’, and sentenced him to two years in prison. The remarks were made during a rally in Kolar, Karnataka, in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “Why do all thieves, be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, or Narendra Modi, have Modi in their names,” Gandhi had said. The court also approved Gandhi’s bail on a surety of Rs 15,000 and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal

Section 8 of The Representation of the People Act, 1951 deals with disqualification for conviction of offenses. The provision is aimed at “preventing the criminalization of politics” and keeping ‘tainted’ lawmakers from contesting elections. Section 8(3) states: “A person convicted of any offense and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years shall be disqualified from the date of such conviction and shall continue to be disqualified for a further period of six years since his release.”

Rahul Gandhi and his battery of eminent lawyers can reverse the disqualification if a higher court grants a stay on the conviction or decides the appeal in favor of the convicted lawmaker. However, Congress leaders have decided to cry wolf and shout ‘Democracy is in danger in India’. I find that kind of thinking and behavior ludicrous.

The statements of some of the Congress leaders like Rashid Alvi border on a demented level of political sycophancy. Blaming Indian democracy for Rahul Gandhi’s foot-in-the-mouth disease is absurd, to say the least.

India did not ask Rahul Gandhi to open his foul mouth and insult an entire community of people. BJP did not tell the court to pass a judgment against Rahul Gandhi, Surat district court found Rahul Gandhi guilty of criminal defamation and passed an order delivering justice. Lok Sabha in concurrence with the rules of the House and disqualified the errant parliamentarian.

Congress leaders crying foul stating ‘Modi is afraid of Rahul Gandhi’ is not only stupid but also counter-productive to Rahul’s appeal case and to his image because Prime Minister Modi or BJP has not responsible for the judgment of the Surat district court. The behavior of the Congress leaders and other opposition parties questioning the BJP for the decision of the lower court is to question the integrity of the court of law, its judge, and the judgment.

Rahul Gandhi is not above the law. He is not entitled to special privileges. He is not a martyr. He is a man convicted in a criminal defamation case.

The problem with the likes of Rahul Gandhi who come from political aristocracy is their belief that they can say and do anything but the law will not catch up to them. Unfortunately, for Rahul Gandhi, the law caught up with him and sentenced him.

His habitual and almost psychotic behavior of repeatedly insulting India, Prime Minister Modi, the BJP, and RSS has been continuing unchecked in India and internationally. It was only a matter of time before his absurdities would come back to haunt him.

The more Congress attacks BJP on this issue the more loss of sympathy Rahul Gandhi will face. People, other than Congress sycophants, see no future in the grandson of Indira Gandhi. They feel that Congress with Rahul Gandhi as its face will continue to totter when up against Narendra Modi because for many Modi is an inspiration and Rahul Gandhi is a perspiration.

Rahul Gandhi and his lawyers must appeal to a higher court or else continue to remain rightfully and lawfully disqualified. Congress leader Rashid Alvi in his comment on Republic TV opined that Congress parliamentarians should en-mass resign from the Parliament in protest. I have never heard a stupider opinion before. The Congress leader moots creating a constitutional crisis only because a court acted in accordance with the law and Lok Sabha acted according to its rules.

The problem is that Congress believes Rahul Gandhi and his family are above the laws of India. Unfortunately for Rahul Gandhi, his family, and the Congress, the laws of India have no privileges for the political aristocracy.

Rahul Gandhi is not the voice of India as much as he would like to believe but he is certainly the Anti-India noise.

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