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Indian opposition leader hits out at PM Modi after parliament disqualification

After being expelled from Parliament, India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi criticised Prime Minister NarendraModi.

After being sentenced to two-years in prison for making defamatory remarks at a 2019 rally relating to Modi’s surname, Mr Gandhi, 52 was expulsed on Friday

Chairman of the Congress party Indian Youth Congress, Mr Gandhi claimed that he was being targeted because he raised serious questions about Modi’s relationship to the Indian business conglomerate Adani Group.

He said that his exclusion from parliament was to stop him talking about the unaccounted $3bn (PS2.4bn) that was allegedly deposited into shell companies controlled by the Group.

Image: Rahul Gandhi, Indian opposition leader, addresses a press conference. Pic by AP

“Some of these defense companies are involved in missile and drone development, and ordnance manufacturing. Modi asked why the Defence Ministry didn’t ask questions.

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“Nobody knows from where this money came.” Adani could not generate this amount of money.

He also claimed that Modi, a Chinese national, was involved in the Group’s shell companies. Modi helped the company win contracts for roads, ports and power plants in Sri Lankan and Australian.

A report from a US financial research company claiming that the Group was guilty of stock price manipulation and fraud, led Mr Gandhi to demand an investigation by a Parliamentary Committee.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, the Group’s net worth has risen nearly 2,000% since 2014, when Modi was elected prime minister.

Image: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pic: AP

Ravi Shankar Prasad is a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial Bharatiya Janata Party and has denied the allegations. He said that Mr Gandhi’s exclusion from parliament had nothing whatsoever to do with Adani Group controversy.

The Group also denied any wrongdoing.

The court granted Mr Gandhi bail for 30 days to allow the defense to appeal the verdict. This means that he won’t be sent to jail immediately after his conviction.

The opposition leader didn’t indicate when his legal team would approach the appeal on Saturday. This could have saved his seat in parliament.


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