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On Sunday, Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, raised concerns over the survival of democracy in India. He remarked that the country’s biggest question is whether democracy will persist or not, and he further stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not a political party but an organization. Yadav also praised the Congress party’s “Sankalp Satyagraha” protest against Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a Lok Sabha member and congratulated both the party and Rahul Gandhi. Priyanka Gandhi, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party general secretary KC Venugopal, and other party leaders participated in the protest at Raj Ghat.
However, Akhilesh Yadav pointed out that what happened with Rahul Gandhi had also happened with Azam Khan and his son. In October 2022, Azam Khan, a Samajwadi Party leader, was disqualified from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and sentenced to three years in prison in a hate speech case. He was elected MLA from the Rampur Sadar constituency, which the BJP won in a bypoll last year.
Akhilesh Yadav expressed concern that if educated people in the country start accepting lies as the truth, it will have grave consequences for the country’s democracy. Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Friday, following a Surat court‘s decision to sentence him to two years in jail in a defamation case. The case pertained to a remark he made in April 2019, where he questioned why “all the thieves have Modi as the common surname” at a Lok Sabha election rally in Kolar, Karnataka. The court granted him bail and stayed his sentence for 30 days to allow him to approach higher courts.