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SAD says Rahul Gandhi disqualification not in the interest of a healthy democracy

PUNJAB NEWSLINE | March 24, 2023 08:47 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said the arbitrary disqualification of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from the Lok Sabha was not in the interest of a healthy democracy and was against the principle of natural justice.
Questioning the haste in which Rahul Gandhi had been disqualified; SAD Spokesperson Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said “it is not right to disqualify a member within 24 hours of a court decision especially when the appeal against the decision is in process”. Asserting that the Congress leader should have been given appropriate time to appeal against the court order, Dr Cheema said the Lok Sabha Speaker should have resisted invoking his powers to disqualify Mr Gandhi in this manner. “This gives the impression that the central government is conducting itself in a partisan and dictatorial manner”.
Dr Cheema said parliamentary traditions should be maintained at all costs and an impression should not be given that the opposition is being suppressed in any manner whatsoever. He also clarified that the SAD had taken a principled stand on this issue even though it was against the policies of the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi.
Asserting that the law should be same for everyone, the SAD leader said in Punjab the health minister had been given ample time to stay his conviction after being awarded a three year sentence. “There are such examples from other States also which indicate that there is no uniformity in implementing this clause”.

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