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Rahul Gandhi citizenship row: After Amethi, Congress president’s nomination papers challenged in Wayanad too

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Days after Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship and qualifications were questioned in Amethi, NDA candidate from Wayanad T Vellappally on Sunday wrote to Kerala CEO seeking review of the nomination papers submitted by the Congress president. Vellappally through his lawyers has alleged that Gandhi holds a foreign passport but he did not disclose it in his affidavit.

“It’s understood that Rahul Gandhi is having a passport of a foreign country also. He didn’t disclose this in the nomination filed or in the affidavit…I request you to review the acceptance of the nomination of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad constituency to check for validity and reject the application,” ANI quoted the letter as stating.

On Saturday, Amethi returning officer postponed the scrutiny of nomination papers of Rahul Gandhi after an independent candidate raised objections to certain facts stated in the affidavit. The lawyer of the candidate said that the Congress chief had declared himself a foreign citizen in the certificate of incorporation of a company registered in the UK. (on the basis on that) a non-citizen can t contest polls here, he said.

The lawyer also said there were a number of mistakes in his educational qualification certificates. “The original educational certificates should be presented so that his (Rahul) claim can be established, he said. The returning officer demanded clarifications from the legal team of Rahul Gandhi. But they asked for more time to counter the objections.

Hours after this, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) too demanded clarifications from Rahul Gandhi on his citizenship and educational qualifications. In a press conference held in Delhi, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said: “It s a matter of great surprise that the objections that have been raised regarding Rahul Gandhi s citizenship haven’t been answered.”

He further said that Rahul Gandhi s legal representative did not have answers to objections raised by other candidates on details given in his nomination papers. The legal team of Rahul Gandhi will file their reply to returning officer in Amethi today.