- Apr 28, 2014
Subramanian Swamy asks PM to strip Rahul Gandhi of Indian citizenship, Cong says it’s mindless mud-slinging
Is Dual Citizenship allowed in India? I am not sure of its legalities.Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday alleged that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had been the director of a company in Britain and he had declared himself as a British citizen in his annual return form. Swamy demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should initiate steps to strip Rahul of his Indian citizenship. The Congress has, however, rejected the charge, calling this a petty and mindless mud-slinging.
In a letter written to the Prime Minister, Swamy alleged that Gandhi had floated a company called Backops Limited in 2003 in UK. “In the annual return form, Gandhi had declared himself to be of British nationality with UK address. Gandhi also held 65 percent of shares of the total shares issued by this company.. Same facts were repeated, viz, that Mr Rahul Gandhi as having British nationality in the annual returns filed on Oct 31, 2006 as well,” the letter said. This, Swamy said, was a violation of the law and the constitutional position in the country.
Reacting to this, the Congress said Swamy is resorting to “petty and mindless mud-slinging” as it is “frustrated by its humiliating defeat in Bihar elections and internal revolt brewing amongst the senior-most leadership.”
“The sole purpose appears to be to divert attention from inner revolt and paralysis of policy and governance being questioned all around including the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this quest, Swamy and BJP are repeating rehashed allegations leveled earlier on multiple occasions including through press conferences held in Ahmedabad and Delhi in October 2012. We reject them with the contempt that they deserve and the falsehood they seek to perpetuate,” Congress communication department head Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
Rahul Gandhi, he said, has held Indian citizenship from the day he was born. “He has held Indian passport and has never held citizenship of any other country nor has he represented as such. The allegation by Swamy is entirely false.” The Congress released the Certificate of Incorporation of BACKOPS Limited which mentions Gandhi as an Indian national.
“By Swamy’s own assertion it is clear that the said company was incorporated in August 2003. Gandhi was elected as a Member of Parliament for the first time in 2004. Gandhi has never held any account in Pictet Bank, Zurich, nor has he ever been questioned or detained at Logan Airport, Boston with undeclared cash. This is a complete falsehood that Swamy is in the habit of falsely repeating for decades for his malicious political motives and to gain cheap publicity,” Surjewala said.
“No member of Indian Parliament can incorporate a company abroad without prior permission under the existing laws and without declaring the same in his nomination form as a candidate for election to Parliament,” Swamy said in the letter.
Swamy sought Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan to appoint a committee to look into the matter and cancel Gandhi’s membership from Parliament.
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