Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was reinstated to the parliament today following a stay on his conviction in a criminal defamation case over his ‘Modi surname’ remark. Mr. Gandhi will be back in the Lok Sabha, representing his constituency Wayanad, at a time when the parliament has seen repeated disruptions over the Opposition bloc INDIA’s demand for a dedicated discussion on violence in Manipur, prefaced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the same.

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After the restoration of his membership, the Congress said it would like him to be a key speaker in the debate on a no-confidence motion likely to be taken up in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Congress MP Manickam Tagore told NDTV that the party wants Rahul Gandhi to participate in the discussion on the no-confidence motion as he has visited Manipur. “It is expected that he will present the facts related to Manipur in the Lok Sabha,” he said.

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Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as a Lok Sabha member on March 24, with effect from March 23, after a Gujarat court convicted him in a defamation case and sentenced him to two years in jail. A punishment of two years and above automatically disqualifies a lawmaker.

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