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ANTCC with like-minded parties to hold mass protest in support of Rahul Gandhi

TMI Correspondent

Port Blair, Apr 05: The Andaman & Nicobar Territorial Congress Committee (ANTCC) along with other parties in A&N Islands scheduled to hold a month-long "Jai Bharat Satyagraha".  In the ANTCC's press conference held on 02/04/2023 at Gandhi Bhawan led by ANTCC President Mr. Rangalal Halder, Campaign Committee Chairman Mr. TSG Bhasker, Chief Spokesperson Mr. K. Ganeshan and ANTCC Spokesperson Mr. Tamil Selvan have informed the media.

Mr. Rangalal Halder said that, "all parties opposed and condemned the decision of Modi Govt. and believed it was an attack on democracy. As part of country wide protest, in the A&N Islands too the ANTCC and other like-minded parties will extend full support to the protest".

Mr. TSG Bhasker speaking in the conference said that, "the ANTCC before the press meet have organized an all party meeting and decided to hold a massive District Level Dharna and Hunger Strike at Diglipur on the April 16, Mass Dharna at Bambooflat on April 19, Hunger Strike at Tiranga Park, Port Blair will be conducted on April 28 followed by a Mashaal Yatra and several other programmes along with the like-minded parties". "The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma will also participate the protest", Mr. TSG Bhasker said.

"During the protests, the ANTCC will highlight the blatant looting of people's money by Modi Government by conspiring with some of his close associates like Gautam Adani. Rahul Gandhi was targeted because he asked the Prime Minister about the scam of Adani group and demanded a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on the matter. The BJP and Narendra Modi are trying to shut the mouth of Rahul Gandhi so that he stops exposing the scam. The recent conviction of Rahul Gandhi in the defamation case and disqualification was a pre-plan to gag Rahul Gandhi", alleges Mr. TSG Bhasker.

ANTCC Chief Spokesperson Mr. K. Ganeshan and ANTCC Spokesperson Mr. Tamil Selvan jointly said that, "the Congress Party would do everything to save the democracy and would stand firm for justice to Rahul Gandhi. The government at the Centre is blatantly misusing Central agencies to suppress the voice of opposition parties. Now Rahul Gandhi is being targeted because he has raised serious questions on democracy and capitalists", they alleged.

Background of Defamation case on Rahul Gandhi:

A court in western India found opposition leader Rahul Gandhi guilty of defamation on last Thursday for a speech he made in 2019 in which he referred to thieves as having the surname Modi, and sentenced him two years in prison.

Rahul Gandhi was present at the court in Surat, a city in Gujarat, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state. He was given bail and the sentence was suspended for 30 days.
The criminal defamation case was filed against Rahul Gandhi by a leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after a speech during the 2019 general election in which he referred to the surname Modi and asked how all thieves had the surname.

 "The court has found Rahul Gandhi's comment to be defamatory. The court found him guilty under IPC section 499 read with 500. He has been sentenced to two years in jail," Ketan Reshamwala, advocate for complainant Purnesh Modi, said.

Rahul Gandhi said in court that he had made the comment to highlight corruption and not against any community.

Rahul Gandhi is one of the main opposition leaders in the country who will go up against Modi when he seeks his third term as prime minister in 2024.


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