Subramanian Swamy left red-faced as Amethi returning officer declares Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers valid


In a setback to BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, the returning officer of Amethi on Monday declared the nomination papers of Congress President Rahul Gandhi valid.

Rahul Gandhi

The returning officer had postponed the scrutiny of Gandhi’s papers on Friday after an independent candidate Dhruv Lal had filed a complaint alleging discrepancies in Rahul Gandhi’s candidature.

His lawyer Ravi Prakash had alleged that Gandhi had declared himself a UK citizen while incorporating a company in the UK in the past. He also alleged that Gandhi’s name was stated to be ‘Raul Vinci’ in his college and there are no certificates available in the name of Rahul Gandhi.

Many had suspected the BJP to be behind the complaint filed by Dhruv Lal. Soon after the complaint was filed, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy had taken to Twitter to express his excitement. Swamy’s tweet had read, “Buddhu has lost Amethi both ways: If disqualified on Monday then goodbye. If not then in the campaign he will be forced to answer questions galore about the truth of his citizenship and education for voters to defeat him.”

Swamy’s subsequent tweets had mocked Gandhi. He had written, “The real question for tomorrow is if a Returning Officer will have the nerve to reject Buddhu’s nomination form. Of course there will a an election petition if he does not.”

A traditional bastion for Gandhi, Amethi will go to polls on 6 May. The counting will take place on 23 May.


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