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Rahul Gandhi’s LS disqualification: Wayanad in state of shock, disbelief | Kozhikode News – Times of India

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KOZHIKODE: The news of disqualification of the Lok Sabha membership of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has come as a shock for the people of his constituency of Wayanad, who had elected Rahul with a spectacular margin of 4.3 lakh votes. The condemnation of the decision was widespread as people cutting across political divides came forward to protest against the decision. Protest marches organised by Congress and UDF across the constituency reflected the general sentiments in the constituency.
Even Rahul’s rival candidate P P Suneer of the CPI told TOI that disqualification of Rahul was anti-democratic and he hoped that higher courts would examine it and would intervene to make the needed correction.

“Though I have differences of opinion with the stand taken by Rahul Gandhi on various matters, I am with him in this issue. This is nothing but an attack on democracy. The court awarded him maximum sentence in the defamation case while there were other options available,” he said.
Thrissilery native O Johnson said that he couldn’t first believe the news. “I am deeply saddened and it should not have happened. How can the mandate provided by lakhs of people be annulled suddenly on the basis of a court verdict that too on the basis of a comment made in a speech?” he said. Johnson said he knew that Rahul was a good human being. “He is sincere, down to earth and highly spiritual. He has a streak of innocence which has helped his connect with people here,” Johnson said.

Traditional tuber farmer Shaji N M from Mananthavady said that Rahul’s disqualification was a matter of personal sadness for him as Rahul had come to his house to see his collection of indigenous tubers.
“He is one leader who loves to mingle with the common people and has no airs. One thing that I noticed was that he showed the willingness to hear everyone in the constituency whether they were affiliated to the Congress, CPM, IUML or BJP. If such a fate can befall on Rahul, politicians from other parties should take it as a message for them as well,” he said.


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Mujeeb K, a resident of Sulthan Bathery, said that Rahul’s disqualification would be a setback for the development of the constituency as Rahul had stood by the district during the devastating floods and had made pioneering interventions in housing and healthcare.
Prashanth Rajesh, a coffee farmer, said that though some would say that the decision was technically correct, sentencing Rahul on the basis of remarks made in a speech was unwarranted and disqualifying him was yet another extreme step.

Wayanad witnessed a wave of protests in Kalpetta, Bathery and Mananthavady. Protesters tried to barge into the BSNL office. IUML also took out protest march at Bathery. Wayanad DCC has called for observance of black day on Saturday. A march would be held in Kalpetta.


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