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Disqualification of Rahul Gandhi death knell for right to free speech

Washington, March 25, 2023 (PPI-OT): George Abraham, vice-chair of the Indian Overseas Congress, United States of America, has termed Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a sad day for democracy in India. “It is a sad day for democracy in India. By disqualifying Rahul Gandhi, Modi Sarkar is ringing the death knell for the right to free speech and freedom of Indians everywhere,” George Abraham said in a tweet.

“Bringing a frivolous court case against a remark in the heat of a political campaign is shameful and not on par with the spirit of the Constitution regarding freedom of expression,” he added. Meanwhile, an influential Indian-origin Congressman has termed senior Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha “deep betrayal” of Gandhian philosophy.

“The expulsion of Rahul Gandhi from parliament is a deep betrayal of Gandhian philosophy and India’s deepest values,” Indian-American Congressman Rohit Khanna said in a tweet. Khanna represents Silicon Valley in the US House of Representatives. Rohit Khanna, who is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian- Americans, has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention on this issue. The disqualification will bar Rahul Gandhi, a four-time Member of Parliament MP, from contesting polls for eight years unless a higher court stays his conviction and sentence.

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