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Rahul Gandhi conviction offers glue for fractured India opposition

Multiple parties allege abuse of power; Modi slams drive to 'save the corrupt'

Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi holds a news conference after his conviction and disqualification from parliament. His legal woes have given the opposition a common rallying point.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's opposition is rallying around embattled Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi following his conviction in a defamation case, potentially heralding a more united front as they aim to topple Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in elections in 2024.

A court in Gujarat, Modi's western home state, on March 23 handed Gandhi a two-year prison sentence over remarks he made in 2019, when he asked why "all thieves have Modi as a common surname."

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