A Bhiwandi court on Tuesday framed charges against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker in 2014. Rahul, who appeared before the court, pleaded 'not guilty' following which charges were framed under section IPC 499 & 500 against him.
On Tuesday morning, Rahul Gandhi arrived at Mumbai airport to appear before a magistrate court in Bhiwandi, Thane, in connection with a defamation case filed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The defamation case was filed by a RSS activist Rajesh Kunte.
It was filed following Gandhi's utterances at a rally in Thane in March 2014 in which he had accused the RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives at the magistrate court in Bhiwandi, Thane, for hearing in RSS defamation case. pic.twitter.com/z1RQBrHo6Q— ANI (@ANI) June 12, 2018
Later, as a part of a crucial exercise ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi will travel to Mumbai. He will directly interact with the party's over 15,000 booth-level workers at a function in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon.
The function would mark the launch of a national endeavour, "Project Shakti". Via this, Rahul Gandhi would establish direct communication between the grassroots workers and the party's central leadership.
"Project Shakti will ensure connect with the ground-level workers. Also, it will help us look at problems of Mumbai at the micro level," tweeted Sanjay Nirupam.
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