Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to 2 years in prison by the court. However, his sentence has been suspended for a month. He will not go to jail now. But in the midst of all this, questions are being raised on his Lok Sabha membership. The question is, will his membership survive? According to the law, the membership of the people’s representative goes away if the punishment is 2 years or more. The membership of many politicians in the MPs of many states and the country has gone because of this law. But amidst all this the question is what will be the political impact of this decision of the court? Because according to the backward records, there have been many such occasions when even after the punishment or membership, no significant effect has been seen on the mass base of political parties or their leaders.
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Lalu Prasad’s membership was lost after his conviction in the fodder scam in Bihar, but even after that no significant impact was seen on the political base of his party. Despite the ban on Lalu Prasad from contesting elections, his party has come to power twice in Bihar.
On this issue, BJP spokesperson Aparajita Sarangi said that we have sympathy with the Congress. BJP does not have any kind of apprehension and fear. Congress is walking on a self-destructive path. Their leaders are not introspecting. The Congress party will not get the support of the people. On the other hand, Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said that Modi is not India and BJP is not India. We will get the support of the public.
Here, many Congress leaders say that the way Indira Gandhi returned in 1980 after her conviction in 1978, in the same way Rahul Gandhi will also return. Significantly, under Section 8 (3) of the ‘Representation of the People’s Act 1951’, the membership of politicians has ended in many states. However, in many places, after the husband or father lost their membership, only their family members have returned from the same seat.
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