Citizenship row: Parl panel issues notice to Rahul

RSTV Bureau

File photo of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Parliament.

A fresh round of war of words has broken out between the Congress and ruling BJP after Parliamentary Ethics Committee, headed by LK Advani issued a show cause notice to Rahul Gandhi. The committee has asked him if he had once declared himself a British citizen.

When asked about the notice, Rahul Gandhi told reporters inside parliament premises that “he will deal with it.”

“A complaint reached the Lok Sabha speaker which she forwarded to the Parliamentary Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee issued a show-cause notice asking him to respond to as to how he showed his British citizenship when he was about to become the director of a company in London,” said Arjun Meghwal, member of Ethics committee.

He also said that it is a very serious matter and the committee will discuss the further course of action once the Congress vice-president responds.

Congress party responded quickly and rejected the charge against Gandhi.

“We strongly reject all these fabricated charges. When BJP has absolutely nothing left to say against congress, coming out with personal attacks is their trend and they are doing just that today,” said Congress leader PL Punia.

Janata Dal (United) also jumped in to support Rahul Gandhi, saying that BJP brought up the issue to sideline Mallya’s disappearance from India.

“BJP was raising baseless issues without any evidence against Rahul whereas the Mallya issue was being sidetracked,” JD(U) spokesperson Ajay Alok told the media in Delhi.

Few days ago, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also accused the Congress vice-president of declaring himself a British citizen to float a firm in the UK.

He had also written to PM Narendra Modi demanding that Gandhi be stripped of his Indian citizenship and his membership in Parliament.

Swamy alleged that Gandhi had floated a company called Backops Limited in 2003 in the United Kingdom, and in the annual income tax return form, he had declared himself to be of British nationality with a UK address. Rahul also held 65 per cent of the total shares issued by this company, Swamy had claimed.

(With Agency Inputs)