By India Today News Desk: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday started shifting his belongings from his 12, Tughlaq Lane residence, weeks after he was disqualified as a Member of Parliament of the Lok Sabha.
Following his disqualification, Rahul Gandhi was asked to vacate his government residence by April 22. On Friday, two trucks were seen parked outside his residence and the belongings were later shifted to his mother Sonia Gandhi’s 10, Janpath residence.
Rahul Gandhi was allotted the bungalow after his election as a Lok Sabha MP in 2004.
The former MP from Wayanad was disqualified from Lok Sabha after being sentenced to two-year jail in a 2019 criminal defamation case.
Days ago, on April 11, Rahul Gandhi said he wouldn’t be intimidated by his disqualification, adding that he was not “interested to live in that house”.
“MP is just a tag. It’s a position, it’s a post. The BJP can take away the tag, the position, the house, or they can put me in jail. But they cannot stop me from representing the people of Wayanad,” Rahul Gandhi had said in a public rally in Wayanad.
“I have been fighting the BJP for quite some years. It surprises me that, in so many years, they have been unable to understand their opponent. They do not understand that their opponent will not get intimidated. It surprises me that they cannot see this. They think that they will scare me by sending the police to my house. They think by taking away my house I will be disturbed. My sister didn’t tell you but I was happy they took my house. It was not interesting for me to live in that house,” he said.
RAHUL GANDHI CONVICTED
Rahul Ganhi was convicted over his “why all thieves have Modi surname” remark. After the Congress MP was disqualified as an MP, communication was sent to relevant authorities, including the Election Commission.
Replying to the letter, Rahul Gandhi wrote to Mohit Rajan, the deputy secretary at the Lok Sabha secretariat, saying, “Thank you for your letter of March 27, 2023 regarding the cancellation of my accommodation at 12, Tughlaq Lane.”
In his letter, Rahul Gandhi said he owes the “happy memories of my time spent here” to the mandate of the people. “Without prejudice to my rights, I will, of course, abide by the details contained in your letter,” he added.
Meanwhile, a Surat sessions court has reserved its order on Rahul Gandhi’s plea seeking a stay on his conviction over the Modi surname remark. The court has reserved its order after hearing arguments from all parties.
The court will pronounce the order on April 20.
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