Sibling Priyanka Gandhi opining on the uproar pertaining to Congress president Rahul Gandhi's citizenship responded to the Ministry of Home Affairs notice that sought an explanation in the matter.
The AICC General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East rubbished the allegations calling it 'bakwas' but maintained her mum on the British company documents.
"The entire country knows that Rahul Gandhi is Indian. He was born in front of them, he was raised in front of them, everybody knows, what bakwas (rubbish) is this?"
Rahul Gandhi's citizenship row has been persistent, as few days ago the Congress president was questioned on his citizenship, name and education qualifications.
In its notice, the Home Ministry had cited a complaint by BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy which made reference to a company - Backops Limited - registered in the UK in which Rahul Gandhi is named as director and secretary, and also, critically, a British citizen. Pertinently, Rahul Gandhi's birthdate is listed accurately, something Dr Swamy has emphasised.
"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.
Last week on April 20, an independent candidate of Gandhi's bastion, Amethi, Dhruv Lal alleging Rahul Gandhi's nomination paprs filed a complaint to Amethi's returning officer, over his real name, citizenship and his educational qualifications.
In the 11 page complaint, Lal made accusations declaring the Congress president's nationality to be 'British' in the Memorandum of Association and Annual Return for the period ending 21st August 2005 of a British company, namely Backops Limited, where he allegedly served as a Director.