The two national parties locked their horns again over the controversy on Rahul Gandhi's British citizenship, as the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notice to the Congress president seeking a clarification on the matter, whereas his sibling and AICC General Secretary for East Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi has rubbished the allegation citing it to be 'bakwaas'
Suspenting the mid-poll timing of the controversy, Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami questioned Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Republic TV, responding to which the Union Minister called it a 'matter of coincidence' further stating that the PM Narendra Modi-led government has been 'clear' about not intereferring with the legal processes and has also respected the independence of the investigative agencies.
He said, "Our government has been very clear that we will not be interfering in the legal processes in the law of the land, we have not allowed ever our machinaries to work for political consideration and I think its a matter credit for PM Modi that he has left investigative agencies to do their job, independently without a fear of favour or inteference of the government."
"I believe its a matter of coincidence that the matter came up so close to the elections but it is a matter that has been in the public domain for many years and I'm glad channels such as yours are taking it in national interest."
However, BJP leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy raised the following issue and filed a complaint in the Ministry of Home Affairs, to which Goyal responded saying that Swamy was an 'independent person' who takes his own decisions.
He said, "Not at all. Mr. Swamy is an independent person who takes a call on his own, and I would very much doubt that any of us would have been able to nudge him on that."
The BJP leader furthermore expressed how the grand old Congress party is 'reduced to this extent' that they have to now 'fudge data'
He said, "It is pretty dreadful that the national president of a grand old party which once upon a time was the center pole of Indian politics is reduced to this extent that they have to fudge data or mess up facts and possibly even misrepresent their committement to the nation. Their nationality itself."
Rahul Gandhi's citizenship row has been persistent, as few days ago the Congress president was questioned on his citizenship, name and education qualifications.
Speaking to Republic TV, Dr Swamy, who filed the complaint in the Home Ministry in the matter of Rahul Gandhi's citizenship, said:
"I believe that the government of India has made independent inquiries to confirm that it is an official petition. Therefore, he has been sent a notice, because under Article 9 of the Constitution, if he has taken British citizenship for only one day, his Indian citizenship can be cancelled. Now, the Home Ministry has to decide."
The MHA wrote to Rahul Gandhi , following a complaint by BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy to the ministry seeking clearance in the matter of Congress president's citizenship.
"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 S023 9EK and that you were one of the Directors and Secretary of the said Company. It has been further brought out that in the Company's Annual Returns filed on 10/10/2005 and 31/10/2006, your date of birth has been given as 19/06/1970 and that you had declared your nationality as British," the Director, Citizenship has written in the notice to Rahul Gandhi.