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Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi expelled from Parliament

Action follows conviction in defamation case, dealing blow to Congress party

Rahul Gandhi, leader of India's main opposition Congress party, arrives at the New Delhi airport on March 23.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- In a major setback to India's opposition Congress party, its leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as a member of the lower house of Parliament, an official notice said on Friday.

A day earlier, a court convicted and sentenced Gandhi to two years in prison in a defamation case over his 2019 remarks involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surname.

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