By India Today News Desk: Amid Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a Lok Sabha MP, an old tweet by BJP leader Khushbu Sundar from 2018 has gone viral. In the tweet, the then-Congress spokesperson said, “Har #Modi ke aage #bhrashtachaar surname laga hua hai..toh baat ko no samjho..#Modi mutlab #bhrashtachaar..let’s change the meaning of #Modi to corruption..suits better..#Nirav #Lalit #Namo = corruption..”
Her remark is almost an exact replica of Rahul Gandhi’s remark from 2019 for which he has been sent to jail for two years. Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi was campaigning in Karnataka when he said, “I have a question. Why do all thieves have Modi in their names, whether it is Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi or Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.”
Gujarat BJP MLA Purnesh Modi had filed a complaint against Rahul Gandhi saying he insulted the entire Modi community with his remarks.
Now, with Rahul Gandhi getting disqualified over a similar remark, Congress supporters are sharing Khushbu Sundar’s tweet and asking if Purnesh Modi will file a case against Sundar too. Khushbu Sundar had jumped ship from the Congress to the BJP in 2020, just ahead of the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly election.
Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “Will you make one of your disciples named Modi file a defamation case against Khushbu Sundar too?”
Khushbu Sundar’s tweet has not been deleted so far and the BJP leader has not made any comments on it. On Friday, after Rahul Gandhi was suspended from the Lok Sabha, she said, “He had said few days back that he is unfortunately a parliamentarian. His words have come true.”
She also slammed Rahul Gandhi over tearing up the ordinance that could have saved him and said, “Manmohan Singh ji wanted to bring in an ordinance on SC judgment passed in 2013. @RahulGandhi tore it into pieces. Ironically, his disqualification comes from the same judgment.”
After getting disqualified over the defamation case, Rahul Gandhi will not be able to contest elections for eight years (two years running with the sentence and six years under the Representation of the People Act, 1951).
The Congress party has hit out at the disqualification and alleged it was part of a “political vendetta” by the central government.