Congress purposely failed to seek legal remedy, says BJP | News from India

NEW DELHI: The BJP said on Saturday that Rahul Gandhi and his party’s legal experts “on purpose” did not seek legal remedy after the Surat court ruling so as to project him as a “martyr” in the imminent Surveys Karnataka. If not, then it must be that a section of Congress is so enraged with Rahul that it knowingly avoided a legal recourse as a ploy to get rid of him, the BJP said.
In a press conference, BJP senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also denied the claim that Rahul’s conviction case and his subsequent disqualification as MP was linked to the latter’s raising of the Adani issue.
Building on Rahul’s remark that he speaks in public with full understanding, Prasad reaffirmed the party line that the Congress leader knowingly insulted the OBCs when he told a Karnataka election rally in 2019 “how come all thieves have Modi as their common surname”, which led to his conviction and disqualification.
“Rahul wants to become a martyr by cutting his fingernail. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s statement confirms that Congress did not put its famous battery of legal experts into service with the Karnataka polls in mind. What else can explain their inability to show the alacrity that was for all to be seen in the case of Pawan Khera?” said Prasad.
The BJP leader further said, ‘We are not here to keep short for (Gautam) Adani. But Rahul Gandhi tried to mislead people into linking his disqualification with Adani. He was disqualified due to conviction in a case concerning defamatory remarks he made in 2019.”
Prasad said the Adani group was winning contracts even when the UPA was in power at the Center and did business in Congress-ruled states like Rajasthan. Rejecting Rahul’s accusation that his speech on Adani in Parliament had left the government dizzy, Prasad said the Congress leader’s speech was “baseless and incoherent”.
Taking into consideration the Congress leader’s claim that he chose his words carefully, Prasad said, “It just proves that he made the defamatory remarks with due deliberation. This has been his habit. He is facing at least seven other cases of libel, including one filed here by (former Deputy CM of Bihar) Sushil Kumar Modi.”
Rejecting the accusation of political revenge, the BJP leader stressed that “several political leaders have so far been disqualified for conviction by a court. Some of them belong to the BJP.”


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