Arrogance, cheap popularity… BJP leaders again target Rahul Gandhi
Rahul is adopting gimmicks for cheap popularity
Union Minister Anurag Thakar today once again targeted Rahul Gandhi, saying that he is adopting gimmicks for cheap popularity. He said elected representatives are automatically disqualified when they are convicted by a court of law and sentenced to jail for two or more years. Thakur also clarified that the central government or Lok Sabha has no role to play in the matter and disqualification cannot be suspended or revoked. Earlier, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that he should be disqualified forever or even put in jail, but he would continue to fight for democracy.
Example given in the 2013 Supreme Court case of Lily Thomas v.
Thakur said that in the 2013 Lily Thomas vs Union of India case, the Supreme Court had struck down Section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act, which once protected a convicted MP-MLA from disqualification pending their appeal. “As per the judgement, disqualification takes effect automatically from the date of conviction,” he said. The minister said the Constitution expressly forbids Parliament from postponing the date from which the disqualification would take effect. Thakur said, “The Speaker of the Lok Sabha is bound by the Representation of the People Act and the Supreme Court’s decision to issue the dismemberment order.”
The BJP leader said, ‘Rahul Gandhi is an example of political immaturity. He is losing whatever little trust he had. He is adopting gimmicks for gimmick and cheap popularity. Thakur said that Rahul Gandhi is not the first elected representative to face disqualification. The Union Minister said, ‘I wonder whether the legal experts of Congress have got information about the rules? Instead, they are openly defending Rahul Gandhi’s hatred for OBCs (Other Backward Classes), which led to his conviction, thus showing gross disrespect to the judiciary and the people.’
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His reply to the journalist shows arrogance – Baluni
Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni has described the manner of Rahul’s answer to the journalist’s question as arrogance. BJP’s chief spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni said, “Such is Rahul Gandhi’s respect for democratic institutions. Why does he hate the backward classes so much. He got so furious when journalists asked him questions on the insult of OBCs. BJP IT department head Amit Malviya tweeted, ‘When Rahul Gandhi was asked a direct question about insulting OBCs, he even advised him to wear BJP’s belt before answering by calling him a BJP spokesperson. Last time he did something similar in Amethi and lost the election from there. The OBC community is angry with this behaviour. Along with this, Malviya has also shared the video of the said press conference. BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia claimed that Rahul Gandhi was not ready to answer questions, hence made derogatory remarks on the journalist. He claimed that Gandhi showed contempt for the media and tried to destroy it with his behaviour.