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Rahul Gandhi is MP again, attends Lok Sabha


New Delhi, August 7: The Lok Sabha membership of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was restored on Monday, days after the Supreme Court stayed his conviction in a defamation case.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat issued a notification announcing that his disqualification has been revoked and his membership restored.
“In continuation of notification … dated 24th March, 2023, the Supreme Court of India has passed an order on 04.08.2023 in Special Leave to Appeal (Crl.) No. 8644/2023, staying the conviction of Shri Rahul Gandhi, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Wayanad Parliamentary Constituency of Kerala, which was ordered by the judgment dated 23.03.2023 of the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Surat…
“In view of order dated 04.08.2023 of the Supreme Court of India, the disqualification of Shri Rahul Gandhi… in terms of the provisions of Article 102(1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, has ceased to operate subject to further judicial pronouncements”, the notification read.
Following restoration of his membership, the Congress said it would like him to be a key speaker in the debate on no-confidence motion likely to be taken up in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Gandhi was disqualified as a Lok Sabha member on March 24, with effect from March 23 after a Gujarat court convicted him in a defamation case and sentenced him to 2 years in jail.
A punishment for 2 years and above automatically disqualifies a lawmaker.
The Supreme Court on Friday last stayed his conviction, paving the way for restoration of his Lok Sabha membership.
He represents Wayanad in the lower house.
Truth has triumphed: Congress
Senior Congress leaders and party workers hailed Rahul Gandhi’s reinstatement as a Lok Sabha MP, saying it is a victory for truth and justice. Congress’ deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Pramod Tiwari said, “Truth has triumphed, and lies has been defeated. INDIA has won, our lion Rahul Gandhi has won, Modi Ji, your defeat has begun.”
In a tweet, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “With enormous relief, welcome the official announcement of @RahulGandhi’s reinstatement. He can now resume his duties in the Lok Sabha to serve the people of India and his constituents in Wayanad. A victory for justice and for our democracy!”
Rahul attends Lok Sabha, accorded warm welcome by Congress, Opposition MPs on arrival
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was on Monday accorded a warm welcome by Congress and other opposition MPs on his arrival in Parliament after his Lok Sabha membership was restored.
Rahul reached the Parliament House complex around 12 noon and headed straight to the Mahatma Gandhi statue and paid floral tributes. Congress MPs and those of the opposition INDIA bloc welcomed him at the Gate No. 1 of Parliament raised slogans.
He also attended Lok Sabha proceedings after it resumed at 12 noon but it got adjourned within minutes.
The Congress scion also made waves on Social media by changing his Twitter bio to ‘Member of Parliament’ from the earlier “Dis’Qualified MP” description.
Following his disqualification from the Lok Sabha in March, Gandhi had edited his bio on Twitter to “Dis’Qualified MP”. His Twitter bio now describes him as a Member of the Indian National Congress and a Member of Parliament.
(Courtesy: TT & PTI)