The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his citizenship after receiving a complaint from Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy.
“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,” the letter from BC Joshi, Director, Citizenship, in the home ministry read.
The letter further said the complaint mentioned that in the company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005, and 31 October 2006, Gandhi’s date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970, and that the Congress president had declared his nationality as British.
In the Dissolution application of the company dated 17/02/2009 too, the letter said, his nationality has been mentioned as British.
The Ministry further asked Rahul Gandhi to intimate the factual position in the matter within a fortnight.
The notice comes as a major setback for the Congress president who is contesting from the constituencies of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala in the Lok Sabha polls.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Sanjay Jha, reacting to the notice, said: “This Is a manifestation of Modi and Amit Shah in panic mode.”