Rahul Gandhi’s expulsion from parliament ‘betrayal’ of Indian democracy: US lawmaker

Washington, March 27 (KMS): A US Congressman has termed Indian Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a Member of Parliament a “deep betrayal” of democracy, as he called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi “to reverse this decision.”

Rahul Gandhi lost his Lok Sabha seat after he was convicted by a lower court in a defamation case and sentenced to two years in jail. The disqualification will bar the Congress leader from contesting polls for eight years unless a higher court stays his conviction and sentence.

“The expulsion of Rahul Gandhi from parliament is a deep betrayal of Gandhian philosophy and India’s deepest values,” Congressman Ro Khanna, who is of Indian origin, said in a tweet. “This is not what my grandfather sacrificed years in jail for,” Ro Khanna said.

Ro Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley in the US House of Representatives, has sought PM Modi’s intervention in this issue. “You have the power to reverse this decision for the sake of Indian democracy,” Khanna said in another tweet.

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