Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is no longer a Member of Parliament. According to the notification of the Lok Sabha Secretariat issued on Friday, Rahul has been disqualified from the House. This action has been taken after a Gujarat court sentenced him to two years in a 2019 defamation case. In such a situation, the question arises whether Rahul will not be able to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections? Let’s know the answer to this question…
Rahul’s parliament membership went under the Representation of the People Act
In fact, Rahul Gandhi ‘s Parliament membership has been canceled under Article 102 (1) (e) of the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act. He was a Member of Parliament from the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala. He had won a big victory in 2019 from here by securing 65 percent votes. However, he had to face defeat in Amethi.
What does the Representation of the People Act say?
According to Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, if the MP or MLA is punished for two years or more in any case, then their membership of Parliament will be cancelled. Not only this, they will not be able to contest elections for six years after the completion of the sentence. In such a situation, if Rahul Gandhi is punished, he will not be able to contest the 2024 and 2029 Lok Sabha elections.
What did Rahul Gandhi say?
Let me tell you, Rahul Gandhi addressed an election rally in Kolar, Karnataka on 13 April during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. During this he had said, “Why is the surname of Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi common? Why do all thieves have Modi as their surname? A defamation case was filed against Rahul by BJP MLA and former minister Purnesh Modi under sections 499 and 500.
What options does Rahul Gandhi have now?
All the ways to save Rahul Gandhi’s parliament membership are not closed yet. They have the option of going to the High Court. If the High Court stays the decision of the Surat Sessions Court, then their membership can be saved. If he does not get relief, he will not be able to contest elections for eight years.