After BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy citied a British company’s document that states Rahul Gandhi is reportedly a British citizen, the ministry of home affairs on Tuesday asked Congress president to clarify his position on nationality.
Rahul has been asked to give a “factual” reply on his citizenship by the government. India does not allow individuals with dual nationality and only Indian citizen can run in the elections. Rahul Ghandi is contesting from the constituencies of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala.
"You are requested to intimate the factual position in the matter to this ministry within a fortnight of the receipt of this communication," the home ministry wrote.
Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Ghandi told reporters on Tuesday, "Everyone knows Rahul Gandhi is Indian and was born and raised here. What rubbish”.
In a letter addressed to the Congress Chief, the ministry said that it has brought to our attention that Rahul, in an annual return filed by company Backops Limited, has declared his nationality as British. The company is registered in London and Rahul served as a director.
The letter also stated that in the British company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and October 31, 2006, Rahul Gandi’s date of birth has been mentioned as June 19, 1970, and has declared his nationality as British. The company was filed for dissolution in 2009.
The BJP leader has been demanding to strip Rahul of Indian citizenship as well as his parliament position since 2015.
Earlier this month, the BJP had first raised the issue of Rahul’s citizenship, citing the same documents.
"The official documents submitted by this company to the British authorities are in the form of a memorandum of associations and annual returns period ending August 21, 200 2005. So documents submitted to the British authorities in 2005 clearly showed that he was a citizen of the UK. And if if he was a citizen of the UK, then he would have automatically lost the Indian citizenship because Citizenship Act 1955 clearly states that any citizen of India acquiring citizenship of any other country automatically forfeits citizenship of India," the party said.
Responding to the allegations, Rahul accused the BJP leader of misleading the nation and asked him to proof his claims with documentations. Claiming all accusations of him being a British citizen false, he also called it “endeavour to malign my name”.
The BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it is a “very serious question” for the present of a party. "You should be a citizen of India if you want to vote or fight the election," said the Union Minister.
The results of the elections will be declared on May 23.