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MP is just a tag, BJP can't stop me...: ex-Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on his maiden visit after disqualification

Former Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi lost his membership of Parliament after being convicted by the Surat court in defamation case. His disqualification triggered nationwide protests by Congress leaders.

Edited By : Raju Kumar, Hritika Mitra
Updated on: April 11, 2023 17:46 IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Image Source : @ANI Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi visited his former Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad on Tuesday. While addressing a public rally, he asserted that it is just a tag or position that has been taken from him but it will not stop him from representing the people of Wayanad. 

He said, " MP is just a tag or position and BJP can take my tag, position, and house or put me in jail, but they cannot stop me from representing the people of Wayanad. They think that they will scare me by sending the police to my house...I am happy they took my house. I was not satisfied living in that house...: Congress leader and former Wayanad MP, Rahul Gandhi."

Earlier Priyanka had accused the Prime Minister of defending Adani while addressing the people of Wayanad in a public rally. She further said that the BJP turning democracy on its head while the common people are struggling for jobs. 

The brother-sister first participated in a roadshow called 'Satyameva Jayate' in Kalpetta in the afternoon. Interstingly, only the national flag was used instead of the party flags In the roadshow.

Gandhi left Delhi residence for Kerala to visit his former constituency.

Thereafter, there will be another event -- Cultural Democratic Defense -- which has been organized as part of the conference and leading cultural activists of Kerala are expected to take part in it, the party said.

Who all others will be in Wayanad'

Senior Congress leaders like AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal, KPCC president K Sudhakaran, Muslim League State President Panakkad Sayyid Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal, AICC General Secretary Tariq Anwar and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly V D Satheesan, will also participate in the UDF-organised conference.

Rahul Gandhi's reaction to disqualification

Gandhi, who has been granted bail till April 13 in the defamation case by a Surat court in Gujarat, took a dig at the Modi government saying truth is his weapon and support too in the fight to save democracy against 'Mitrakal'. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi, "This is a fight to save democracy, against 'Mitrakal'. In this struggle, truth is my weapon, and truth is my support".

Earlier on April 4, Gandhi appeared in a Surat court to appeal against his conviction in the 'Modi Surname' defamation case. He was accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi, along with Chief Ministers' of Congress-ruled states. 

The court granted bail to Rahul Gandhi till April 13 and also set the date for the next hearing in this case on the same day. Additional Sessions Judge RP Mogera said it will hear his plea for suspension of conviction on April 13 after issuing a notice to complainant Purnesh Modi, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA and former Gujarat cabinet minister.

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The sessions court asked the respondent (Purnesh Modi) to file his reply by April 10.

"We had filed an application for Rahul Gandhi's bail and suspension of sentence along with his appeal against conviction by a lower court. The (sessions) court heard the matter and granted him bail. The court kept the matter for hearing on the stay of his conviction for April 13," a member of his legal team told reporters. The court said that it won't be necessary for Rahul to appear in court during the hearing of the case.

Rahul Gandhi & Wayanad

Then Congress President Rahul Gandhi contested from two seats in 2019 Lok Sabha election in which he won from Wayanad but lost from Amethi, the constituency which he had been winning since 2004.

(With PTI input)

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