Former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar during a press conference, stating that his name is Gandhi and Gandhis don’t apologise. This comes after controversy sparked last year when Gandhi claimed that Savarkar helped the British government during the freedom struggle. Gandhi also addressed his disqualification from parliament, stating that it was retribution for demanding a probe into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s relationship with billionaire Gautam Adani. He stated that he is not bothered by the disqualification and will continue to defend the democratic voice of Indian people.
Khushbu Sundar, a leader of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party, has responded to attacks from her former party, the Congress, over an old tweet in which she criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sundar dared the Congress to file a case against her and criticized the party’s leadership for attacking her without doing their homework. This controversy comes amid Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha and his claims that he is being targeted by the Prime Minister.
The Congress party has announced its first list of 124 candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah has been fielded from the Varuna constituency in Mysuru, replacing his son and sitting MLA Yathindra. The party has set a target of winning at least 150 seats in the 224-member Assembly. The first list mostly contains the party’s sitting seats and the constituencies for which only one name was recommended by the state unit. The Election Commission of India (ECI) is expected to announce the poll schedule in the next few days.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of disqualifying him from the Lok Sabha because he is “scared of my next speech on Adani”. Gandhi was disqualified after being convicted of criminal defamation in a trial court in Surat. Speaking at a press conference in Delhi, Gandhi said he would continue to ask who invested INR20,000 crore into the Adani Group via shell companies and what Modi’s relationship with Gautam Adani is. Gandhi also thanked opposition leaders for their support and claimed the disqualification would help the Congress party.