The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday issued notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi to explain his “factual position” over a complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy who raised questions over his citizenship.  The home ministry has asked Rahul Gandhi to respond within 15 days.

“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 filed by Swamy who had claimed that Rahul Gandhi was listed as as one of the directors of a company registered in the United Kindgom. He alleged that Gandhi had declared his nationality as “British” in the company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and October 31.

Reacting to the controversy, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the entire world knows Rahul Gandhi is an Indian citizen by birth. He further took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that he has no answer for unemployment, agrarian distress and black money and this is the reason he is “resorting to fake narrative” through his “government’s notices to divert attention.”

“The entire world knows Rahul Gandhi is Indian citizen by birth. Modi ji has no answer for unemployment, Modi ji has no answer for agrarian distress and black money, that’s why he’s resorting to fake narrative through his government’s notices to divert attention,” said Congress spokesperson.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also reacted on MHA notice to Rahul Gandhi, said, “When a member of Parliament writes to any ministry, action required on their query is taken. It is not a big development, it is normal process.”

Earlier, similar objections were raised by Dhruv Lal an independent candidate contesting from the Amethi Lok Sabha seat. However, Returning Officer (RO) of Amethi Ram Manohar Misra declared that the Congress president’s nomination papers were valid. 

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