New York: Top Indian-American lawmaker Ro Khanna said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s expulsion from Parliament was a deep betrayal of the Gandhian ideology. The Democratic Congressman took to Twitter on Friday to say that Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Parliament was a deep betrayal of the Gandhian philosophy and India’s deep-rooted values. This is not what my grandfather had spent many years of his life in jail for. In his tweet, requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter, Khanna said, “You have the power to reverse this decision in the interest of Indian democracy.”
The tweet came as a reaction to a report in the New York Times, which said, Rahul Gandhi’s ouster is the biggest blow to the Indian National Congress party. The report further states that senior Congress leaders and many other politicians are now in trouble due to India’s legal system. Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after he was sentenced to two years in jail by a Surat court in a defamation case.
He has been granted bail for 30 days in the case to allow him to appeal to the High Court. Reacting to his disqualification, Rahul had tweeted in Hindi, “I am fighting for India’s voice and am ready to pay any cost.” Congress general secretary in-charge of communications Jairam Ramesh wrote in a tweet, “We will fight this battle both legally and politically.” We will not be cowed down or silent. Instead of JPC in Adani Mahamega scam involving PM, Rahul Gandhi is disqualified. Indian Democracy Om Shanti.