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Rahul Gandhi changes Twitter bio to ‘Dis’Qualified MP’ after disqualification from Parliament

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi changed his Twitter bio to 'Dis'Qualified MP' on Sunday after being disqualified as a Member of Parliament from the Lok Sabha earlier this week.

Gandhi was disqualified after being convicted of defamation in a Surat court on Thursday (March 23). The case related to his 2019 remark about thieves with the surname Modi.

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The court sentenced Gandhi to two years in prison.

The Congress is holding a day long 'Sankalp Satyagraha' across the country on Sunday (March 26), in a show of support for Gandhi. At Rajghat in New Delhi, party president Mallikarjun Kharge said, "This Satyagraha is just for today but such Satyagrahas will be done across the country... Rahul Gandhi is fighting for the common people. The statement (Modi surname) was given by Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka but the case was transferred to Gujarat. BJP did not have the power to file the defamation case in Karnataka."

He added, "Let people decide… why have you disqualified Rahul?"

In a press conference on Saturday (March 25), Gandhi said that his ouster from Parliament was a “panic reaction” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Prime Minister is scared of my next speech in Parliament… he is terrified. They don’t want that speech in Parliament,” he said.

“Democracy is finished in this country," he said. Flanked by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and party general secretaries Jairam Ramesh and K C Venugopal, he added: “The people of the country cannot speak what is on their mind and the institutions are under attack. The mechanism of that attack is the relationship between Narendra Modi and Adani. That is the foundation."

“Disqualify me, disqualify me for life. Put me inside jail. I will keep going. I will not stop,” Gandhi said.

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