The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday issued a notice to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi, seeking an explanation in the matter of allegations over his citizenship. Responding to the questions on the notice issued to Rahul Gandhi regarding his citizenship, Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that it is a normal process undertaken after a Member of Parliament writes to any ministry on any issue.
"If any Member of Parliament raises a question in the Parliament, it becomes necessary to respond to the question. If any MP writes a letter to any Ministry, then necessary proceedings are undertaken by the ministry. It is not a big development, it is a normal process," said the Home Minister while addressing the media.
Later being questioned on the timing of the controversy during the Lok Sabha elections wherein Rahul Gandhi has filed his nomination from two constituencies - Amethi (Uttar Padesh) and Wayanad (Kerala), Rajnath Singh clarified that the complainant who he did not name (Dr Subramanian Swamy) had written to the Home Ministry on several occasions, following the action was taken against the Congress president as per procedure.
"This question was raised in the Parliament also. The Member of Parliament (Dr Subramanian Swamy) has written to the ministry several times as well, following which the action has been taken," Rajnath Singh added.
On Tuesday, the Home Ministry issued a notice to the Congress president regarding his citizenship citing the complaint and asked him to reply within two weeks. Read the Home Ministry's letter here:
The question over Rahul Gandhi's citizenship had also come up 10 days ago after an independent candidate contesting the Lok Sabha elections in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh named Dhruv Lal had complained alleging that details in Rahul Gandhi's election affidavit were incorrect.
The complaint cited the Backops Limited declaration on his nationality being British, as well as purported discrepancies in his educational qualifications which also highlight Rahul Gandhi's name allegedly being 'Raul Vinci'.