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Rahul Gandhi’s membership as Wayanad MP restored; Congress celebrates ‘victory of love’

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Delhi, Aug 7: Lok Sabha Secretariat on Monday restored the membership of Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi after the Supreme Court on Friday (August 4) stayed his conviction in the ‘Modi’ surname remark case.

Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the lower house in March 2023.

Congress leader will return to the Parliament after almost four months.

Here is how Congress leaders welcomed reinstatement:

Taking to Twitter, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor called it a ‘victory for democracy’. He wrote on X (earlier Twitter), “With enormous relief, welcome the official announcement of Rahul Gandhi’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!”

Earlier, leaders from the INDIA alliance have hit out at Modi-led government for not reinstating Rahul Gandhi’s membership soon after the Supreme Court stayed his conviction in a defamation case.

The apex court had stayed Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in the case on August 4.

On March 24th, Gandhi was disqualified as Lok Sabha MP after the metropolitan court in Surat in Gujarat sentenced him to two years in jail in the case a day earlier.

Who filed the defamation case against Rahul Gandhi?

The defamation case against Rahul Gandhi was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi for his speech during a rally where he had said, “How come all thieves have the common surname Modi?”

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