New Delhi: Even as the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his citizenship issue raised by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, Congress on Tuesday called it a ploy to divert attention.

Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “The entire world knows Rahul Gandhi is Indian citizen by birth. Modi ji has no answer for unemployment, Modi ji has no answer for agrarian distress and black money, that’s why he’s resorting to a fake narrative through his government’s notices to divert attention.”

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According to media reports, Swamy’s complaint said that a now-defunct company had Rahul listed as a director and his nationality was listed as British.

“You are requested to intimate the factual position in the matter to this Ministry within a fortnight of the receipt of this communication,” the letter reportedly said.

Earlier also, Swamy has alleged that Rahul was British. He even tweeted an article on a rightwing website in May that alleged Rahul was a British citizen and had used the name ‘Raul Vinci’. Swamy had also previously alleged Rahul had used the Vinci name when abroad.

Rahul had claimed that Swamy was “misleading” the nation and dared the BJP leader to produce proof. Rahul made the statement in response to a notice from the Ethics Committee of Parliament.

The complaint against Rahul was given to the Speaker of Parliament in January 2016 by BJP MP Mahesh Giri who sought an inquiry into Swamy’s allegations.