Double standards in conviction of politicians under Modi rule: Congress

Updated: Mar 29 2023 10:01PM

New Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) The Congress on Wednesday alleged that under the Narendra Modi government the laws were different for the ruling party and the opposition, and cited the example of Amreli BJP MP Naranbhai Bhikhabhai Kachhadia who was not disqualified despite being convicted in a criminal case and sentenced to a three-year jail term.

Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil in a press conference said that Kachhadia was convicted by a Gujarat court for beating up a Dalit doctor in 2016 and his conviction was held by the High Court. The BJP MP was not disqualified for weeks and he finally he got relief from the Supreme Court, but not without paying a fine, the politician said.

The Congress leader said while Kachhadia was never disqualified, while Rahul Gandhi was disqualified within hours of his conviction by a Surat case in a defamation case. Kachhadia is still a sitting MP.