India’s parliament has disqualified senior opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, a day after he was sentenced to two years in prison in a defamation case.
A parliament notice said that Mr Gandhi “stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha”, alluding to the lower house of parliament.
He was convicted by the court for 2019 comments about PM Narendra Modi’s surname at a election rally.
Mr Gandhi was a Congress party MP from Wayanad in the state of Kerala.
He remains on bail for 30 days and has said he will appeal the verdict given by a court in Gujarat state.
Mr Gandhi’s party had termed the verdict “erroneous and unsustainable” and pledged to fight the disqualification “both legally and politically”.