Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has rubbished the home ministryâ€™s citizenship notice to her brother and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. In a sharp reaction, Priyanka said that it was all a big drama. â€œKya bakwaas hai,â€ Priyanka said to reporters in Amethi. â€œThe whole of India knows that Rahul Gandhi is an Indian. People have seen him being born and grow up in India,â€ the Congress general secretary was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.Â
#WATCH | The whole of India knows that @RahulGandhi is an Indian. People have seen him being born and grow up in India. Kya bakwaas hai yeh?" says @priyankagandhi on MHA notice to @RahulGandhi over citizenship, saysâ€” News Nation (@NewsNationTV) April 30, 2019
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The Home Ministry has served a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, asking him to clarify within a fortnight his "factual position" on a complaint questioning his citizenship status. In a letter, the Home Ministry said it has received a â€˜representationâ€™ from BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in which it has been brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in?2003 with Rahul as one of its directors.
The Home Ministry said Swamy's letter also mentioned that in the British company's annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and October 31, 2006, Rahul's date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and had declared his nationality as British. "Further, in the dissolution application dated February 17, 2009 of the above referred company, your nationality has been mentioned as British.
"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 notice issued Monday said.Â Â
An objection on the citizenship issue was also raised by an independent candidate against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, but the returning officer declared his nominations papers as valid on scrutiny.Â HeÂ is seeking re-election from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency which goes to polls in the fifth phase of voting on May 6.Â