Centre notice to Gandhi over foreign citizenship issue
May 1, 2019
The Union Home Ministry has sent a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi requesting him to reveal his original nationality and citizenship. The ministry has asked Rahul to provide an explanation in two weeks time. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint that Rahul has a foreign citizenship and he has been following up on the complaint for the past few years. Swamy said that he has documents that prove Rahul's British citizenship. In the wake on general elections, this notice has sparked controversy.
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that @RahulGandhi ji is an Indian citizen. This notice reveals just how scared BJP & PM #Modi are of Rahul ji's popularity. Sensing defeat, BJP is doing everything it can to try to distract voters from BJP's failures-Shama Mohamed, National Media Panelist, All India Congress Committee
Meanwhile, the Congress party defended Rahul saying that he is clearly an Indian citizen. Congress leaders criticised the BJP government that this is yet another motive of theirs to tarnish Rahul's image during election time. Rahul is contesting from Wayanad in Kerala where the elections got over on 23 April.
According to Swamy, Rahul is associated closely with the British based company Backops. The documents relating to the company mentions that Rahul is a British citizen. Swamy had first raised this allegation in the year 2015. The law clearly states that an individual who is an Indian citizen can only vote or contest in elections in India.
"After 5 years in power, if the BJP thought @RahulGandhi citizenship was in question, they ought to have done something official and not use it as a bogey in the campaign. Gandhi must be giving the BJP serious nightmares if they have to resort to such crude and laughable tactics, tweeted Rupa Subramanya, Economist and Author.
"@INCIndia released documents related to #citizenship of @RahulGandhi to prove he had mentioned his citizenship as Indian, tweeted Journalist Neelam Pandey.