Will Rahul Gandhi be able to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections?

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has got a big blow from the Gujarat High Court. The Gujarat High Court has upheld the two-year sentence awarded to Rahul Gandhi in the Modi surname defamation case by the Surat court. The High Court has dismissed the review petition filed by Rahul Gandhi.

Will Rahul Gandhi be able to contest the Lok Sabha elections?After getting a big blow to Rahul Gandhi from the Gujarat High Court, now the challenges in front of Rahul Gandhi have increased. Now, when less than 10 months are left for the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi seems to be facing a question mark on his political future after not getting relief from the High Court. Now the question is also whether Rahul Gandhi will be able to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections? Under the Representation of the People Act 1951, a person sentenced to imprisonment for two years or more is disqualified ‘from the date of conviction’. In addition, the person will remain disqualified to become a public representative for six years after the completion of the sentence. In such a situation, if Rahul Gandhi does not get relief from the larger bench of the High Court or the Supreme Court, then he will not be able to contest elections for 8 years.

Can there be a rift in the unity of the opposition?The decision of the Gujarat High Court has come at a time when the opposition parties are seen uniting under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi to challenge or defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. After the meeting of the opposition parties held in Patna last days, the manner in which the next meeting is being led by the Congress, Lalu Prasad Yadav, in a few gestures, told Rahul Gandhi to lead the alliance, it is a clear indication that Rahul Gandhi’s opposition There is going to be a big role in uniting.

In Bihar, BJP leader Sushil Modi has filed a case against the OBC class for insulting the statement of Modi surname and the hearing of the whole matter is going on in the High Court. In such a situation, BJP can surround Congress’s Nitish and Lalu’s party in states like Bihar on the issue of insult of OBC class. If we look at the political history of Bihar, Nitish’s party JDU and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD have been getting support from the OBC class, in such a situation, BJP is trying to break the unity of the opposition by raising the issue of insulting the OBC class on the pretext of Rahul. Can do

What will be the by-election on Wayanad seat?After not getting relief to Rahul Gandhi from the Gujarat High Court, it is now clear that Rahul Gandhi’s Parliament membership will not be restored soon. In such a situation, the question is arising that whether the Election Commission can start its process regarding the by-election in the Wayanad parliamentary seat of Kerala. Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap says that the process of by-elections may start but the decision taken by the Supreme Court on this whole matter will be final.

What is the whole matter?In fact, the whole matter is related to the statement of Rahul Gandhi in a public meeting in Kolar, Karnataka during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in which he commented on the Modi surname and said that “Why all thieves have the same surname Modi”. Against this statement of Rahul, former Gujarat Minister and BJP MLA Purnesh Modi filed a defamation petition in Surat Court. The case was heard in the Surat court for four years and on March 23, the court convicted Rahul Gandhi and sentenced him to two years. Significantly, in this whole matter, a case was registered against Rahul Gandhi under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code provides for a maximum sentence of two years in cases of criminal defamation.

On March 24, the Lok Sabha Secretariat canceled Rahul Gandhi’s membership of Parliament after the Surat court’s decision. After the cancellation of Rahul’s parliament membership, Rahul Gandhi had also vacated his government bungalow in Delhi.

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