Wayanad LS seat falls vacant after Rahul Gandhi's disqualification

A screenshot of the 'vacant seats' listed on Lok Sabha website (left).

The disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from the Parliament has resulted in the Lok Sabha constituency of Wayand falling vacant.

The Lok Sabha secretariat had earlier on the day issued a notification disqualifying the Congress leader after his conviction by a Surat court in a defamation case.

The defamation case was based on the remark, 'how come all thieves have Modi as the common surname?', which he made during a speech.

The Lok Sabha website has now shows three vacant seats: Jalandhar, Lakshadweep and Wayanad.

The Jalandhar seat fell vacant following the death of Congress member Santokh Singh Chaudhary while in Lakshadweep, NCP member Mohammad Faizal PP was disqualified recently after a conviction in an attempt to murder case.

Rahul Gandhi had won from Wayanad in the 2019 General Elections with a majority of 4,31,770 over CPI's PP Suneer.

He had also contested from Amethi, a seat he had held from 2004 till 2019. But, lost to BJP's Smriti Irani.

According to legal experts, Gandhi will have to move quickly to a superior court and get suspension of the sentence and the stay of conviction to get his Lok Sabha membership revived before the Election Commission comes into the picture and announces a by-election from his parliamentary constituency in Wayanad in Kerala.
(With PTI inputs)

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