“Why do all the thieves have Modi in their name?” Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to two years in prison for insult

Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi (center) holds the Indian flag during his months-long protest march across India of more than 4,000 km.Image Hindustan Times via Getty Images

A court in Surat, Gujarat state, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi belongs, delivered the verdict on Thursday. Rahul Gandhi, 52, is the leader of the Congress Party, India’s largest opposition party, and a scion of the influential Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Immediately after the verdict, he announced that he would appeal.

Gandhi does not have to go to jail right away. The judge released him on bail and suspended the final sentence for a month. According to an adviser to the Modi government, Gandhi may be immediately suspended as a Member of Parliament as a result of the conviction. With elections approaching next year, it will be a huge blow to the opposition, just like a prison sentence.

In the offensive speech before the last elections in 2019, Gandhi spoke of the endemic problem of corruption in India, referring to Prime Minister Modi and two runaway businessmen with the same surname. Gandhi stated during the court session that he did not intend to offend any community or group with his remarks.

Political bankruptcy

The court ruling was well received in circles of Prime Minister Modi’s ruling party, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. “In a democracy, no one is above the law,” government advisor Kanchan Gupta said on Twitter.

The Congress party said Gandhi’s trial was orchestrated by the “cowardly and dictatorial” BJP because Gandhi denounced the “dark practices” of the Modi government. Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge said the BJP was “politically bankrupt”.

The secular Congress party has ruled India for decades, but it is no longer a shadow of the once powerful bloc, holding less than 10 percent of seats in Parliament. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won the latest election by a landslide, and polls show it is poised for another victory in 2024.

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