Rahul Gandhi tells the Lok Sabha body that he'll follow by the summons to evacuate the home
Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, said on Tuesday that he would adhere by the Lok Sabha secretariat's order to leave his official bungalow after being stripped of his MP status, despite his party's leaders accusing the government of "threating and humiliating" him.
When he was banned from the Lower House owing to his conviction in a criminal defamation case in Gujarat last week, the secretariat instructed the former Wayanad MP to leave his official house at 12 Tughlak Lane by April 22.
On Tuesday, in response to the notice, Gandhi stated: "As a Member of the Lok Sabha elected over the previous four terms, it is the mandate of the people to whom I owe the wonderful memories of my time there. I will, of course, follow by the rules outlined in your letter without compromising my rights.
The official housing reserved for a politician is removed once he leaves one of the Houses, although it often takes considerably longer to submit an eviction notice. On Monday, Congress officials drew attention to the fact that several politicians still reside in their official bungalows, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, who resigned from the Rajya Sabha in 2022.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge criticized the government for attempting to "threaten, intimidate, and humiliate" Gandhi in response to the eviction notice.
Gandhi might move in with his mother, Sonia Gandhi, at her home at 10 Janpath, or Kharge may secure a property for himself by vacating one for the former MP.
"They'll do whatever to make him more frail" (Rahul). He has two options: he may come live with me or go live with his mother, for which I would make room. Kharge told reporters this.
"I denounce the government's behavior in using threats, fear, and humiliation on him" (Rahul). Not in this manner. Sometimes we go three to four months without a bungalow. After six months, my cottage was delivered. Individuals act in this way to degrade others, he said.
KC Venugopal, general secretary of the Congress organization, also denounced the eviction order. Rahul Gandhi says he is unconcerned about the home. Every Indian who upholds Indian principles has a place in their hearts, the speaker said.
He said that the action was an intimidation tactic against Gandhi. We won't be terrified by any of this, he continued.
Kapil Sibal, a member of the Rajya Sabha, also attacked the administration. "Their (the government's) conscience has gone on holiday, Rahul asked to leave mansion," He tweeted, "Petty politics, of petty guys.
Smriti Irani, a Union minister, said, "The home does not belong to him, it belongs to the ordinary people," when questioned about the eviction notice at a news conference.