Supreme Court dismisses frivolous petition on three-time parliamentarian Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition seeking to direct the Election Commission of India (ECI) to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting the Lok Sabha polls alleging that he was a British citizen.

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CJI Ranjan Gogoi said:

“We dismiss the petition. There is no merit in the petition.”

“We dismiss the petition. There is no merit in the petition,” said CJI Ranjan Gogoi https://t.co/QWLM77oc5r

— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2019

The Union home ministry’s notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for a clarification on the ‘factual position’ on his citizenship status was an outrageous example of the use of government machinery by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hobble the Opposition.

There can obviously be little doubt that Rahul is an Indian citizen and has also been a Member of Parliament for 15 years. It would be more than a little surprising if he had been allowed to contest elections to the Lok Sabha thrice if there was some doubt about whether he was a British or Indian citizen. The Supreme Court had already dismissed a petition questioning Rahul’s citizenship four years ago.

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The query had been despatched in response to a complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2017.

This petition speaks a lot about the BJP leadership and the nervousness it is demonstrating in the middle of Lok Sabha elections 2019. A significant part of the battle for the heartland will be fought over the last three phases of the elections and thus Modi and his leaders are making all possible comments to divert attention from real ground issues.

The dismissal of this frivolous petition should put an end once and for all on the citizenship of a three-time parliamentarian of India.

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