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Maha Congress leaders protest against conviction of Rahul Gandhi in defamation case

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Last Update: March 23, 2023, 20:43 IST

In yet another change in Rahul Gandhi's image, the Congress and its managers will now project him as someone who likes Mahatma Gandhi and has the courage to stand up to power.  (PTI)

In yet another change in Rahul Gandhi’s image, the Congress and its managers will now project him as someone who likes Mahatma Gandhi and has the courage to stand up to power. (PTI)

Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole, party’s Mumbai unit chief Bhai Jagtap, former chief ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan, other leaders and party workers protest

Maharashtra Congress leaders on Thursday staged a sit-in outside the party’s Mumbai unit office in protest against the conviction. Rahul Gandhi A Gujarat court in a defamation case on his “Modi surname” statement.

Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole, party’s Mumbai unit chief Bhai Jagtap, former chief ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan, other leaders and party workers protested.

A court in Gujarat’s Surat on Thursday sentenced Rahul Gandhi to two years in jail in a 2019 criminal defamation case that was filed against him for his “why all thieves have Modi surname” remark. Gandhi was convicted by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Verma. He was also granted bail under sections 499 and 500 (dealing with defamation) of the Indian Penal Code and suspended the sentence for 30 days to allow him to appeal to the High Court.

During the protest in Mumbai, Patole said that the party would resort to ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation in the state. He said that the politics of revenge does not last long.

“The way Rahul Gandhi has been convicted and sentenced to two years in jail and falsely implicated… it has happened because of pressure from the Centre. This is an attempt to tarnish his image. The Congress will resort to ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’.”

The leaders said that Gandhi was selectively targeted to divert the attention of the people from the main issues.

A case was registered against Gandhi for his alleged remark – ‘How can all thieves be surnamed Modi?’. A complaint was lodged in this regard by BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi. Gandhi made the remarks on April 13, 2019 while addressing a rally in Kolar, Karnataka during the Lok Sabha election campaign.

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