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'I am Gandhi not Savarkar'...: Rahul Gandhi on why he didn't apologise in court

Gandhi was replying to a question on why he didn't apologise in court over the 'Modi Surname' issue.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Updated on: March 25, 2023 16:50 IST
My name is not Savarkar, it is Gandhi: Rahul Gandhi on
Image Source : @ANI/SCREENGRAB My name is not Savarkar, it is Gandhi: Rahul Gandhi on BJP's demand for his apology

Just a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from Lok Sabha, he held a press conference at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters. 

A reporter asked him why does he not apologise for his speech at a UK University as demanded by BJP, he said, "My name is not Savarkar, it is Gandhi and Gandhi never apologises." 

He further said, "Let me speak in the Parliament. I asked to speak in the Parliament, twice I asked wrote to the speaker while a third time I presented myself physically."

"I asked the Speaker to let me speak but he said it is not in my hands, then who has the power if not him?", Gandhi said. He further said, "Shall I ask Modiji but he will not allow me to speak."

"So, my point is that, democracy is finished in this country, people cannot speak what is on their minds, institutions in this country are being attacked and the mechanism of that attack is the relationship between Narendra Modi and Adani," the Congress leader said. In his remarks at the presser, Gandhi said he will keep asking questions on the Adani issue.

"Ministers lied about me that I called for foreign intervention (abroad), I did not do so," Gandhi said. Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after a court in Gujarat's Surat convicted him in a 2019 defamation case. The disqualification from Lok Sabha will bar Gandhi (52), a four-time MP, from contesting polls for eight years unless a higher court stays his conviction.

Leaders of almost all opposition parties rallied around Rahul Gandhi, after he was disqualified from the Lok Sabha and accused the BJP of doing "vindictive politics.

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