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Rahul Gandhi Challenges Defamation Conviction in Surat

In a significant development, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in Surat today to challenge his conviction in a defamation case. The case pertains to a statement made by Gandhi in 2016, where he alleged that the RSS was behind the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The case was filed by a local RSS worker, who claimed that Gandhi’s remarks had hurt the organization’s reputation. In 2019, a court in Surat convicted Gandhi in the case and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. However, Gandhi refused to pay the fine and instead chose to challenge the conviction.

Background of the Case

The case against Rahul Gandhi dates back to 2016, when he was the vice-president of the Congress party. At a public rally in Thane, he alleged that the RSS was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The remarks sparked a controversy, with the RSS filing a case against Gandhi for defamation. The case was transferred to a court in Surat, where Gandhi was found guilty in 2019.

However, Gandhi maintained that his statement was based on his belief and did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments. He argued that as a responsible citizen, he had a right to express his opinion on matters of public interest. He also questioned the validity of the case, stating that it was an attempt to silence him and prevent him from speaking out against the RSS and its ideology.

Gandhi’s Visit to Surat

Gandhi’s visit to Surat assumes significance as it comes ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections scheduled later this year. The Congress party has been out of power in Gujarat for over two decades and is hoping to make a comeback in the upcoming polls. Gandhi’s visit is seen as an attempt to galvanize support for the party and connect with the people of Gujarat.

During his visit, Gandhi is expected to attend a court hearing in the defamation case and address a public rally. He is also likely to interact with party workers and leaders and discuss the party’s strategy for the upcoming elections. Gandhi’s visit to Surat is expected to generate a lot of interest and media attention, with both the Congress and the BJP closely monitoring the developments.

The BJP’s Response

The BJP, on its part, has dismissed Gandhi’s visit as a political stunt and accused him of trying to create a false narrative to gain political mileage. The party has questioned Gandhi’s track record as a leader and accused him of making baseless allegations against the BJP and its leaders.

The BJP has also highlighted the recent judgment in the PM Modi surname case, where a court in Ahmedabad dismissed a defamation suit filed by a person named Narendra Modi against Gandhi. The court observed that there was no evidence to suggest that Gandhi had intended to defame the Prime Minister by his remark on the surname. The BJP has argued that the judgment exposes the Congress’s “politics of lies and deceit” and shows that Gandhi’s allegations are baseless.


The defamation case against Rahul Gandhi has been a long-drawn legal battle that has seen both the Congress and the BJP trading charges against each other. Gandhi’s visit to Surat to challenge his conviction in the case is a significant development and is expected to have political ramifications. It remains to be seen how the case will unfold and what impact it will have on the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections.

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