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Never Applied For Any Other Citizenship: Rahul

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has emphasised that he had never applied for any other citizenship ever and said there was a “conspiracy” hatched by the ruling BJP to malign his image.

Mr. Gandhi was responding to a Lok Sabha Ethics Committee notice, seeking his reply to allegations that he held British citizenship, party sources said. On March 15, Arjun Ram Meghwal, BJP chief whip and a member of the Ethics Committee, said that the panel issued a show-cause notice to Mr. Gandhi to learn how he identified himself as British to become a director of a London-based company.

Mr. Gandhi responded to Mr. Meghwal's statement the same day saying, “We will deal with it [show cause notice].” Ever since Mr. Gandhi received the notice, Congress's chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, has maintained that the reply to the notice would remain in conformity with Parliamentary procedure.

Swamy's charge:- The controversy over Mr. Gandhi's citizenship erupted in November 2015, when BJP leader Subramanian Swamy accused him of declaring himself a British citizen to float a firm named Backops Limited in the U.K. Dr. Swamy alleged that in the annual return form of Backops, Mr. Gandhi had declared himself to be a British national with a U.K. address to prove that claim.

Mr. Gandhi, according to Dr. Swamy, has 65 per cent of the total shares issued by this company. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr. Swamy demanded that the Congress vice-president be stripped of his Indian citizenship and disqualified from Parliament.

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