New Delhi, Apr 30 (GCCurrentAffairs) The BJP on Tuesday mounted pressure on Congress president over his citizenship row and said apparently Rahul Gandhi has chosen to be a UK citizen “by choice” and perhaps wants to remain an Indian only by compulsion.
“The documents in question are signed by Rahul Gandhi. It shows he is a Britain citizen. Therefore, in all humility. the country wants to know Mr Rahul Gandhi are you an Indian or a British citizen,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters here.
“It is a sad thing to note that Rahul Gandhi chooses to be a UK citizen by choice and probably wants to remain an Indian by compulsion only,” he said.
He said there is definitely ‘confusion’ on the matter and the onus is strictly on the Congress president to put the matter to an end.
“I request and also throw a challenge to Mr Gandhi on behalf of BJP that this is a serious matter and he should come forward and at the earliest issue a clarification,” Mr Patra said.
He claimed that even within the Congress party there is ‘confusion’ among the common workers as they would like to know whether their party chief is an Indian citizen or a British.
The BJP spokesman further said that as per law, no Indian citizen can hold dual citizenship.
Earlier in the day, Union Home Ministry has issued a notice to Congress president taking cognizance of a complaint from Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy.
The ministry has asked Mr Gandhi to respond to the complaint within a fortnight.
In the notice, the Home Ministry has said, “It has been brought out that a Company named Backops Limited was registered in the UK in the year 2003, with address 51 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire S023 9EH and Rahul Gandhi was one of the Directors and Secretary of the said company.”
BJP spokesman Mr Patra maintained the timing has hardly anything to do with on going elections as it is pertinent that the ‘truth’ should come out.
Besides the complaints from BJP MPs Subramanian Swamy and Maheish Girri, there has been a directive to the government to look into the matter from Allahabad High Court too, Mr Patra said.