The Election Commission (EC) on Monday declared Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s nomination from Amethi as valid. An independent candidate from Amethi had questioned the citizenship and educational qualifications of the Congress chief. The development comes after the lawyer of Rahul Gandhi informed the returning officer that the Congress chief never took citizenship of any other country.
“Rahul Gandhi was born in India and he holds an Indian passport, he never took citizenship of any other country. His passport, Voter-ID, and his income tax, everything is of India,” KC Kaushik said. The lawyer also said that he did not know who Raul Vinci was or where he came from. “Rahul Gandhi had done his M.Phil in 1995 from University of Cambridge,” he said.
The candidate from Amethi had objected to Gandhi saying he had declared himself a foreign citizen in a certificate of a company registered in the UK. A non-citizen can t contest polls here, he said. He also said that there were some mistakes in his educational qualification certificates. Based on this, the BJP too demanded answers from Rahul Gandhi on his citizenship and educational qualifications.
BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that it was a matter of great surprise that the legal team of Gandhi did not counter the objections raised on citizenship. Not only in Amethi, Gandhi’s nomination papers have also been challenged in Wayanad. NDA candidate from Wayanad T Vellappally has written to Kerala CEO seeking review of Gandhi’s nomination papers.