Citizenship Row : Parliament Panel Issued Notice to Rahul

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All India Congress Committee Vice-Prez Rahul Gandhi has been issued a notice by the Ethics Committee of Parliament led BJP leader L K Advani looking for his explanation on affirmations identified with statement of his citizenship in the United Kingdom.

“We will manage it,” Mr. Gandhi said on Monday to inquiries by correspondents while the Congress responded pointedly, blaming the legislature for attempting to redirect consideration from squeezing issues facing the nation.

In the first week of January, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had forwarded to the Ethics Committee the complaint of BJP MP Maheish Girri requesting for “appropriate inquiry” into party colleague Subramanian Swamy’s allegations that Mr. Gandhi had declared himself a British citizen to float a firm in that country.

“The Ethics Committee has issued a show cause notice asking him (Rahul Gandhi) how he showed his citizenship as British when he was in London and became a Director…,” Arjun Ram Meghwal, one of the committee members, told reporters outside Parliament on Monday.

Mr. Swamy had also approached the Speaker in this regard.

Mr. Girri, who is an MP from East Delhi, had earlier maintained that it was necessary that people should get to know the reality in this issue and requested the Speaker to initiate an appropriate inquiry.