New Delhi: Purnesh Modi, the BJP’s Surat West MLA renowned for filing a criminal defamation case against Rahul Gandhi, has been appointed to a key role within the party. Purnesh Modi gained prominence by taking legal action against the former AICC president over his controversial “Modi surname” remarks during a rally in Karnataka’s Kolar in 2019.
The BJP’s National President, JP Nadda, has appointed Purnesh Modi as the party’s in-charge for political affairs in the regions of Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu. This strategic move underscores Modi’s growing influence within the party.
Dushyan Patel has also been appointed as the co-incharge, effective immediately, signifying a reinvigorated leadership structure.
Purnesh Modi’s trajectory into the political limelight began with the aforementioned criminal defamation case, where he took a stand against Rahul Gandhi’s remarks. The legal battle resulted in a landmark conviction in March by a Surat court, leading to a two-year imprisonment for Rahul Gandhi and his disqualification as an MP from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency.
The Supreme Court intervened, staying Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in August and subsequently reinstating his Lok Sabha membership.