Indian General Elections

EXCLUSIVE: "The Government Doesn't Want To Politicise The Issue", Says Union Minister Piyush Goyal On Rahul Gandhi's Citizenship

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Union Minister Piyush Goyal has said that the Government was allowing the law to take its course on the Rahul Gandhi Citizenship debate and hoped Gandhi wuld come clean before polls
  • Seeing a trend in the Congress' tendency to lie, Goyal also added that the Congress has not responded to any of their faulty transactions and have been pulled up now by the SC.

After the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued a notice to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, seeking an explanation in the matter of his citizenship, Union Minister for Railways, Piyush Goyal has said that the Government was allowing the law to take its course, on the 9 PM debate with Arnab Goswami. He also hoped that Rahul Gandhi would come clean before the Amethi polls on May 9.

"The court has given him a certain amount of time and the Home Ministry is investigating the matter. I do hope Rahul Gandhi comes clean and explains to India ideally before May 6, when polls will be held in Amethi, where any case he is going to lose. He must come and say what his reality is - whether his affidavit in 2004 or 2009 faulty or is his current affidavit inaccurate. If the government takes extra interest then the media would allege that we are trying to politicize the issue. We are not interfering in the matter and have let the law take its own course," said Goyal, live from BJP's Varanasi office.

Seeing a trend in the Congress' tendency to lie, Goyal also added that the Congress has not responded to any of their faulty transactions and have been pulled up now by the SC.

"If you look back at the last few months that your channel and other media channels had raised related to the transactions by the Gandhi family and the extended Gandhi family - the Vadra family, we have not received any answer from Congress except parroting lies for which now they have been pulled up by the Supreme Court," he added.

MASSIVE CONTROVERSY: Home Ministry Issues Notice To Rahul Gandhi Over His Citizenship, Cites British Company Documents And Seeks Reply In 15 Days

Earlier in the day, the MHA had requested him to 'intimate the factual position in the matter to the Ministry within a fortnight of the receipt of the notice'.

The MHA had written 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.

On April 20, an independent candidate and a resident in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi, Dhruv Lal, submitted an 11-page complaint to Amethi's returning officer, raising objections on the nomination papers of the Congress chief. The allegations against Rahul Gandhi included questions being raised over his real name, citizenship and his educational qualifications.

Polls in Amethi are to be held in Phase 5 on May 9 while polls in Wayanad were already held on April 23. Results of the Lok Sabha polls are expected on May 23.


 

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