In a massive controversy for the Congress party amid the ongoing Lok Sabha polls 2019, party president Rahul Gandhi's citizenship, educational qualifications and name has come into scrutiny after an Independent candidate from Amethi filed a complaint alleging discrepancies in Rahul's candidature.
Dhruv Lal, Independent MP candidate from Amethi, has alleged that Rahul Gandhi is a British citizen, on the basis of a "certificate of incorporation of a company registered in the UK wherein he has declared himself a UK citizen."
As the sensational newsbreak stoked stroke huge controversy, Congresss party on Saturday gave its first response, defending their chief Rahul Gandhi.
Responding to question of reporter on Rahul Gandhi's UK citizenship, Congress Uttar Pradesh (West) general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia said:
"Rahul Gandhi is an Indian citizen. He filed the nomination as an Indian citizenship on April 10. I was there with him during that time."
In the objections raised, in an 11 page complaint, Independent candidate Dhruv Lal has made scathing allegations against the Congress President which include: "Falsity about the Educational Qualifications", "False Declaration as to Identity", "False declaration as to Nationality", "Concealment of Information regarding Ownership of Property situated in the United Kingdom" and "Concealment of Information regarding Profits earned".
In the aftermath of the controversy, BJP also addressed a press briefing, raising questions on Rahul Gandhi's citizenship and demanding him to speak the truth on his identity.
"These are serious allegations. Is Rahul Gandhi an Indian citizen or not? Did he ever become a British citizen? He should come out with the real story," BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao said during the press briefing on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Amethi Returning Officer Ram Manohar Mishra has ordered the postponement of scrutiny of Congress president Rahul Gandhi's nomination papers to April 22.
Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Wayanad, following which he went to Amethi to file his papers. He has been a member of parliament from Amethi since 2004.