India's Congress leader Rahul Gandhi disqualified from parliament

Gandhi "stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha", the Indian parliament said, referring to the lower house

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Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a crowd during his Unite India March in Delhi on December 24, 2022. —Reuters
Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a crowd during his Unite India March in Delhi on December 24, 2022. —Reuters

India's parliament on Friday disqualified the leader of the main opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, a day after a court jailed him for two years in a defamation case loosely linked to the prime minister, parliament said in a statement.

Gandhi "stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha", parliament said, referring to the lower house of parliament.

Congress members held protests in some parts of the country on Friday against Gandhi's conviction and two-year-old jail sentence.

Congress party officials have described the judgment as politically motivated and blamed the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).