After Rahul receives relaxation from the SC, Wayanad sparks in celebration
Celebrations erupted in Wayanad after the Supreme Court stayed the conviction of Rahul Gandhi in a criminal defamation case. The case dates back to the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign when Gandhi made a comment linking the surname “Modi” with thieves, implicitly connecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi. The lower court in Surat convicted Gandhi on March 23.
Congress supporters in Wayanad took to the streets to express their joy, and the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee instructed all district units to celebrate the apex court’s verdict. Wayanad had shown strong support for Gandhi during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and his disqualification deeply impacted his supporters.
With the Supreme Court’s decision, there is anticipation for Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership to be restored. His victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad had a massive margin of over four lakh votes. The party headquarters in the capital city also witnessed crowds gathering as top leaders, including veteran legislator Ramesh Chennithala, were expected to arrive, and sweets were distributed to celebrate the verdict. The restoration of Gandhi’s parliamentary membership is being closely watched, considering a similar situation faced by Lakshadweep NCP MP Mohammed Faizal in the past.