Rahul Gandhi disqualified from Lok Sabha after conviction in defamation case

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as Lok Sabha MP after being convicted in a criminal defamation case over his ‘Modi surname’ remark.

The disqualification is effective from March 23, the date of conviction.

The former Congress president represents the Wayanad constituency of Kerala in the lower house.

A Surat court on Thursday sentenced Gandhi to two years in prison in a case filed against him over his “Modi surname” remark.

The court also granted him bail and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal to the higher court.

Several opposition leaders rallied behind Rahul and targeted the government, accusing the BJP of targeting political opponents.