‘Entire nation knows Rahul Gandhi was born and brought up in India’: Priyanka Gandhi on nationality row

Amethi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said the entire nation knows Rahul Gandhi was born in India and brought up here.

She was reacting to the government’s notice to Rahul Gandhi asking him to reply to a foreign citizenship allegation.

The Congress president has been asked by the home ministry to reply within 15 days to a complaint by BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy, who has asserted that Rahul Gandhi declared himself a British citizen in the documents of a UK-based company he was affiliated with.

“The whole nation knows that Rahul Gandhi is Hindustani. Everybody knows he was born, raised here. Everyone knows. What rubbish,” Priyanka Gandhi told media persons in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, where she is campaigning for her brother.

The home ministry notice comes midway through the national election, after the fourth round of voting. Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Amethi as well as Wayanad in Kerala.

The notice from BC Joshi, the home ministry director in charge of citizenship, is based on Subramanian Swamy’s documents on Backops, a company with which Rahul Gandhi was associated.

According to Swamy’s complaint, Backops was registered in the UK in 2003 with Rahul Gandhi as one of the directors and the secretary. The complaint alleges that in the company’s annual returns filed in 2005 and 2006, Rahul Gandhi had declared his citizenship as British.

The dissolution application of the company dated February 17, 2009 also refers to Rahul Gandhi’s nationality as British, the letter says.

Congress called it a sign of the BJP’s growing desperation, questioning such a notice when their chief has been contesting polls since 2004.