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The home ministry has issued a notice to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, asking him to explain his ‘factual position’ over a complaint filed by BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy that he holds British citizenship.

The ministry has asked Gandhi to respond within two weeks. The notice was issued by BC Joshi, director (citizenship), of the Foreigners Division under the ministry.

In a letter, the Home Ministry said it has received a representation 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.

“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 signed by BC Joshi, director, Citizenship, in the home ministry reads.

It further stated that in the annual returns filed by the company, Gandhi’s date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and his nationality as British.

The Congress has rubbished the claim and dubbed the notice an attempt to divert attention from real issues.

“The entire world knows Rahul Gandhi is an Indian citizen by birth. Modi ji has no answer for unemployment, Modi ji has no answer for agrarian distress and black money, that’s why he’s resorting to fake narrative through his government’s notices to divert attention,”party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

Earlier  this month (April), four individuals had raised objections to Gandhi’s nomination papers filed in Amethi constituency for the Lok Sabha elections, claiming that he had declared himself a British citizen in the certificate of incorporation of a company registered in the United Kingdom. However, the returning officer later declared that his nomination papers were valid.

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