The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his foreign citizenship after BJP MP Subramanian Swamy filed complain against him.
The BJP parliamentarian has been alleging that the Congress president is a British citizen for years.
Ministry of Home Affairs issues notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his citizenship after receiving a complaint from Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy; MHA asks Rahul Gandhi to respond in the matter within a ‘fortnight’. pic.twitter.com/rkFu6TJ7lu
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“I am directed to say that this ministry has received a representation from Dr Subramanian Swamy, in which it has been brought out that a company named Backups Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in the year 2003, with address 51 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EH and that you were one of the directors and secretary of the said company,” says the letter from BC Joshi, Director, Citizenship, in the home ministry.
Rahul Gandhi has been given a fortnight by the Home Ministry to explain his ‘factual position’ over a complaint about his citizenship.
“You are requested to intimate the factual position in the matter to this ministry within a fortnight of the receipt of the communication,” the home ministry says.
The letter also says: “It has been further brought out in the complaint that in the company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and 31 October, 2006, your date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and that you had declared your nationality as British.”
According to the letter, the dissolution application of the company, dated February 17, 2009, also referred to Rahul Gandhi’s nationality as British.
Subramanian Swamy raised the allegation first in 2015 and has repeated it several times since.
Whereas in 2016, Rahul Gandhi had accused the BJP leader of misleading the nation and had challenged him to substantiate his claims with documentary proof.