Rahul Gandhi, a Wayanad MP, was found guilty and given a sentence by a Surat court on Thursday. As a result, his membership in Parliament has been revoked. According to a notification released by the Lok Sabha Secretariat on Friday, “stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction i.e. 23 March, 2023 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”.
So, rather than being triggered by the Lok Sabha announcement, the conviction alone causes the disqualification. Rahul, who was in the Lok Sabha on Friday before the House was adjourned, will only receive a formal notice in the notification. On Monday at 10.30 am, Congress members of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will gather at the Congress Parliamentary Party office in the Parliament. According to sources who spoke to ANI previously, the Congress leaders will escalate their protests against the Centre over the Adani issue and Rahul Gandhi’s expulsion from the Lok Sabha for wearing black clothing.
As previously reported, reports indicated that Congress members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha would dress in all black to attend parliament. In order to examine Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, Congressman Manish Tewari submitted notice of an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Interestingly, Congress has protested during the current Budget Session of Parliament and urged that a Joint Parliamentary Committee look into the Adani situation. The Rajya Sabha LoP chamber in Parliament will host a meeting today of like-minded opposition leaders to talk about the plan for the floor of the house, according to sources.
In the third week of the second part of the legislative session, the opposition has demanded JPC on the Adani problem, while the Treasury Benches have demanded Rahul Gandhi’s apology for his statement in London, which they claim was defamatory to the nation on foreign soil. As a result, there has been a standoff in the legislative process. The second round of the budget session is currently underway and will go through April 6. It started on March 13.