Even though major Opposition parties have extended support to Rahul Gandhi after his disqualification as a Lok Sabha MP, the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala said it does not support the Congress leader but is against the undemocratic action of BJP against him.
Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification triggered a massive political whirlpool with the Opposition, including the Congress’s rivals, extending their support for Gandhi.
CPI(M) said its statements regarding the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi were not in support of the Congress leader. The party said it was rather opposing the BJP’s undemocratic action against him.
“The Left party has always taken a stand against undemocratic actions, like the BJP and RSS using central agencies like ED and CBI to target opposition parties,” CPI(M) state secretary MV Govindan was quoted by PTI as saying.
“Something like that has happened in Rahul Gandhi’s case. We did not announce support for Rahul Gandhi. We strongly opposed the undemocratic action taken against him,” he told reporters.
Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Friday, a day after a court in Gujarat’s Surat convicted him in a 2019 defamation case. He was sentenced to two years in jail over his “Modi surname” remark made at an election rally in Karnataka.
The disqualification will prevent Gandhi (52), a four-time MP, from contesting elections for eight years unless a higher court stays the conviction.
Even though Gandhi is yet to file a review petition, Congress said it would fight it legally and politically.
Following his disqualification, the ruling CPI(M) and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan had termed it as an ‘attack on democracy’ by the Sangh Parivar and an instance of revenge politics by the BJP.