Will Rahul Gandhi lose his official bungalow, and other perks after disqualification as Lok Sabha MP? learn!
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha, which could have a range of consequences, including an eight-year ban on running for office and forfeiture of his official residence in Lutyens' Delhi. The Congress leader was on Friday declared ineligible to serve in the lower house of parliament by the Lok Sabha secretariat, less than a day after a Surat court found him guilty of criminal defamation and sentenced him to two years in jail.
BJP MLA Purnesh Modi's allegation led to a charge being filed against the Congress leader for his claimed remark, "How can all thieves have the surname, Modi?"
According to Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Gandhi would remain ineligible to serve in the Lok Sabha and would be debarred from participating in any election for a total of eight years, two years while in prison and another six years after his release. , unless a High Court stays the decision.
Gandhi's expulsion from the lower house leaves the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala vacant. The Election Commission may "technically" hold a by-election to fill that vacancy as there is still more than a year before the general election in 2024. The term of the current Lok Sabha ends around June.
If a higher court does not grant relief to Gandhi, officials indicated that apart from being disqualified from the Lok Sabha, he may also have to leave his official home in Lutyens' Delhi before a month's time. Since getting the official house at 12, Tughlaq Lane after winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Uttar Pradesh constituency of Amethi, the former Congress president has lived there.
The Congress leader will be given a month's time to vacate his official apartment at 12 Tughlaq Road in New Delhi.
Rahul Gandhi may lose other benefits after disqualification
Apart from his residence, Rahul will no longer be eligible for several benefits enjoyed by all Members of Parliament. MPs are paid a salary of Rs 50,000 per month as per the Salary, Allowances, and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Act, 2010. Additionally, he is paid Rs 2,000 per day for attending parliamentary sessions. In addition, they earn a monthly constituency allowance of Rs 45,000.
Along with these, Rahul will no longer be eligible for travel benefits such as a free, non-transferable first class AC or executive class train pass, free flights on the member's chosen airlines, and reimbursement of Rs 16 per km for road travel.
Due to his status as an MP, Rahul has the option of taking up to 34 solo flight trips per year, accompanied by his spouse as well as friends or family members. Eight times a year, the spouse is permitted to visit the member privately. An MP can also avail of complimentary traveling accommodation as per the rules.
Rahul's three phone network connections as an MP are also going to end. With the combination of these three networks, it is allowed 1,50,000 free calls annually. An MP is also given free electricity and water for a total of 50,000 units and 4,000 kiloliters respectively. Along with these, Rahul is also eligible for enhanced medical care and vehicle purchase which can be paid back in 60 equal installments.