New Delhi: Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for raising questions over Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship. Reacting sharply to the allegations, Priyanka, said,”The controversy about Rahul’s citizenship is rubbish and drama. The whole of India knows that Rahul Gandhi is an Indian.”

She added,”He was born, raised and grew up in India. What sort of rubbish is this (controversy) regarding his citizenship.” Priyanka made the remarks hours after the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notice to Gandhi regarding his citizenship following a complaint from Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy.

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“It has been further brought out in the complaint that in the Company’s Annual Returns filed on October 10, 2005, and October 31, 2006, your date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970, and that you had declared your nationality as British. Further, in the Dissolution application dated 17/02/2009 of the above-referred company, your nationality has been mentioned as British,” the notice said. The Ministry asked Gandhi to respond within a ‘fortnight’ to the allegations.

Notably, Swamy, the firebrand BJP leader had alleged that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in the year 2003 and that Gandhi was one of the Directors and Secretary of the company. He also claimed that the Congress president had declared his nationality as British in a UK-based company.

Trashing the notice to Gandhi, the grand old party accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of resorting to “a fake narrative to divert the attention of the people as he has no answers for unemployment, farmer distress, and tax terrorism unleashed on the traders of the country.”

“The electoral boat of PM Modi and BJP has completely sunk. The bankruptcy of new ideas is now making them lose the political balance by resorting to such malicious allegations against Gandhi,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

He added,”The entire country knows that he is a citizen of India. Rahul Gandhi complained to the Ethics Committee of Parliament regarding the same issue one and a half years ago. The truth is that there is no truth in the allegations,” said Surjewala.

“PM Modi raised the same issue in 2015 and again in 2017 when it approached the Home Ministry with a complaint against Rahul Gandhi. For the last five years, were the BJP leaders sleeping? Why is this topic being raised during the election season only,” he asked.