Congress party members in India have launched protests against the government in several states after leader Rahul Gandhi was sentenced to two years in jail.
India’s opposition protests leader Gandhi’s conviction
Members of India’s main opposition Congress party have held protests in some parts of the country over leader Rahul Gandhi’s conviction for defamation, a day after a magistrate’s court sentenced Gandhi to a two-year jail term.
Congress party officials have described the judgment as politically motivated and blamed the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“The BJP is fearful about the rise of Rahul Gandhi and he poses a direct threat to Modi government,” said Pradip Bhattacharya, a Congress party lawmaker from West Bengal state.
BJP president JP Nadda dismissed the charges, adding Gandhi had insulted a section of Indians who share the same surname as Prime Minister Modi.