BJP spokesperson Samit Patra addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo/ANI
BJP spokesperson Samit Patra addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo/ANI

Rahul Gandhi chooses to be UK citizen by choice, Indian by compulsion: Sambit Patra

ANI | Updated: Apr 30, 2019 15:40 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 30 (ANI): Congress president Rahul Gandhi chose to become UK citizen by choice, but probably want to remain Indian by compulsion, said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hours after Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a notice to Gandhi over his citizenship on Tuesday.
"Rahul Gandhi chooses to become UK citizen by choice but probably want to remain Indian by compulsion because he is a Lok Sabha MP and does politics in the name of family. So, he is Indian by compulsion and presents him British by choice,” he said. 
“We have registration papers, dissolution and annual returns of Backops Limited. Rahul Gandhi is director, promoter and secretary. In annual returns of the company filed on October 10, 2005, Rahul was a shareholder of 65 per cent. He has presented himself as British in registration papers, dissolution papers and annual returns,” he added.
Earlier in the day, MHA issued notice acting on a complaint by Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy. The complaint states that the Congress president had declared his nationality as British in a UK-based company. The BJP leader demanded Rahul should dismiss these documents in a press conference and tell that he has not authenticated them.
Patra also denied any political vendetta behind MHA’s notice in which he was asked to respond in the matter within a 'fortnight'. “If complaints go to the Home Ministry and leader of the house, they are bound to get clarification from authority against whom the complaint is made. This is not political vendetta but a clarification that the country seeks,” he said. (ANI)

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