Indian Congress party parliamentarians have worn black to protest their leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from the chambers.
Indian MPs protest opposition leader Gandhi’s dismissal
Lawmakers belonging to India’s main opposition Congress party have worn black outfits, held placards that said “Save Democracy” and thrown paper in parliament to protest the disqualification of their leader Rahul Gandhi from the chambers.
Gandhi, 52, lost his seat in parliament on Friday, a day after a court in the western state of Gujarat convicted him and sentenced him to two years in jail for a defamatory comment he made during an election campaign rally in 2019.
Gandhi is out on bail and his lawyers are expected to challenge the verdict in a higher court this week.
“The decision to disqualify Gandhi marks a black day in our country’s democracy,” Congress party president Mallikarjun Kharge, dressed in a black outfit and a black turban, told reporters outside parliament.