Rahul conviction: Congress calls meeting of senior leaders

New Delhi, Mar 24 (IANS): The Congress party has called a meeting of its steering committee members, senior leaders, state chiefs and legislative party leaders on Friday to devise a strategy after Rahul Gandhi's conviction by a Surat court.

The party has planned mega protests in the coming days, taking all like-minded parties along.

Congress president and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, has also called a meeting of the opposition parties on Friday, following which the MPs will march to the Vijay Chowk.

On the same evening, all the state Congress presidents and legislative party leaders will meet to chalk out plans for nationwide protests.

According to sources, the Congress leadership has also sought time to meet President Droupadi Murmu on this issue.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Congress MPs and steering committee members held at Kharge's residence on Thursday evening.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, "This is not just a legal issue, but political as well since the ruling party wants to intimidate the opposition leaders."

On Thursday morning, Rahul Gandhi was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surname. The Congress leader, however, was granted bail and his sentence was suspended for 30 days to allow him to appeal the Surat court verdict.



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  • Amith, udupi

    Fri, Mar 24 2023

    What RG said is coming true ..why BJP is protesting now? ..he said mikes are muted .. opp leaders are arrested and democracy is under threat ... speech was in karnataka and he named lalit modi , nirav modi and narendra modi and case was filed in gujrat by one more Modi ... if congress uses this judgement and files cases all MP's and MLA's of BJP including Modi will be behind bars

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 24 2023

    They will not be behind bars unless this regime changes and judges whom they have instilled gets changed.

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Fri, Mar 24 2023

    this is high time people of India back congress and show corner places for regional n marginal parties.... Otherwise judiciary will be completely suppressed by modi gang backed by nagpur headquarters... In 2024 there should not be more than 300 seats for bajapa and congress must be voted as the tough opposition party... No level of economic progress can help the nation when basic freedom of expression is thwarted with highhandedness and social fabric is deliberately weakened....

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