The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his citizenship after receiving a complaint from BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.
Swamy today took to Twitter and said: “Has MHA issued Notice on my complaint to Buddhu on his British Citizenship today?”
The Home Ministry asked Gandhi to explain within 15 days his “factual position” over a complaint that he has foreign citizenship. Swamy has for years been alleging that the Congress president declared himself a British citizen in documents.
“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 Backops 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.
The ministry refers to the complaint as saying that in the company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and October 31, 2006, Rahul Gandhi’s date of birth is June 19, 1970 and “you had declared your nationality as British.”
The dissolution application of the company dated February 17, 2009 also refers to Rahul Gandhi’s nationality as British, the letter says.
“You are requested to intimate the factual position in the matter to this ministry within a fortnight of the receipt of the communication,” the letter said.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “This is BJP in panic mode. For BJP, Rahul Gandhi is the only agenda. They can do whatever they want but they will decisively lose the election.”
The BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was a “very serious question” for the president of a party. “You should be a citizen of India if you want to vote or fight the election,” said the Union Minister.
The General Elections will end on May 19 and the results will be declared on May 23.