Vastavam web: Half-way through the national election, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been asked by the Central government to respond within 15 days to a complaint that he is a British citizen. The complaint is from BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy, who has for years been accusing the Congress president of lying about his nationality.
“Everyone knows Rahul Gandhi is Indian and was born and raised here. What rubbish,” Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra told reporters on Tuesday. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh defended the move. “If any member of Parliament raises a question in Parliament, it becomes necessary to respond to it. If any MP writes a letter to any ministry, then necessary proceedings are undertaken by the ministry.
The Home ministry, in its letter to Rahul Gandhi, asked him to explain his “factual position” over complaints about the citizenship.
Swamy’s complaint repeats his long-standing claim that Rahul Gandhi recorded himself as British twice in annual returns filed by a now-defunct British company in which he was a director.
The BJP leader has been demanding since 2015 that Rahul Gandhi be stripped of Indian citizenship as well as his Parliamentary seat.