- The EC has accepted the nomination papers of Congress President Rahul Gandhi
- A controversy had erupted over alleged discrepancies in his nomination affidavit
- An Independent candidate had filed a complaint alleging discrepancies in Rahul Gandhi’s candidature
Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers were accepted by the Election Commission days after a controversy erupted over alleged discrepancies in his nomination affidavit.
Amethi returning officer Ram Manohar Mishra had earlier ordered a postponement in the scrutiny of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers to April 22.
An Independent candidate, Dhruv Lal, had filed a complaint alleging discrepancies in Rahul Gandhi’s candidature.
“There are three basic issues we have raised,” Ravi Prakash, who is Dhruv Lal’s lawyer, told ANI on Saturday. One of the issues he raised is on the “basis of a certificate of incorporation of a company registered in the UK wherein Rahul Gandhi has declared himself a UK citizen,” Prakash alleged.
Ravi Prakash said that under the Representation of People Act, a non-Indian citizen is barred from contesting elections in the country.
“On what basis has he become a British citizen? And, how did he obtain Indian citizenship now? Unless there is clarity over the matter, we have requested the Returning Officer not to accept Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers,” Prakash said.
“We are asking is Rahul Gandhi and Raul Vinci the same person? If it is not the case then we demand that he gives his original educational certificates, so that these can be verified,” he added.