On Rahul Gandhi’s Legal Strategy, Senior Congress Leader Admits Mistake
Congress leader and Chhattisgarh minister TS Singh Deo admitted on Saturday that those dealing with party leader Rahul Gandhi’s legal strategy may have slipped over his conviction in a defamation case and the disqualification of parliament over it. resulted.
“As far as the legal strategy is concerned, there may have been a mistake. There is no denying that. When Pawan Khera was landed, there was an immediate response. Perhaps the order (of disqualification) taken the next day was not expected,” he told NDTV.
Mr Singh Deo was referring to the incident when Congress chief spokesman Pawan Khera was barred from leaving Delhi last month on a police matter. He was cleared for a flight later in the day after Congress went immediately to the Supreme Court.
“I have no hesitation in saying that the people dealing with it should have been more alert and aware. There is no doubt about it,” Mr Singh Deo said.
The Congress leader also said the reason the party was raising condemnation and disqualification in the public protests was because “the court’s decision was politicized.”
“Is it common for a judgment to be made and you implement its implications overnight? Wasn’t the judgment put on hold for 30 days so that the other side has an opportunity to make appeal? What was the point of anticipating any appeal? he said.
Former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, one of the country’s top opposition leaders, said on Saturday he was not bothered by the parliament’s disqualification, adding that he would continue to uphold the democratic voice of the country. people.
Mr Gandhi was disqualified as a lawmaker on Friday, a day after he was found guilty of defamation by a Gujarat court over a 2019 election campaign remark deemed insulting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and presented by the BJP as one which has degraded the entire Modi community.
He was sentenced to two years in prison but was released on bail after the sentence was suspended for 30 days. His lawyers have vowed to appeal the verdict to a higher court.
However, the conviction declared him ineligible to continue serving as a lawmaker in the lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha secretariat said. If the decision is not overturned, he will not be allowed to stand for re-election for eight years.