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Citizenship row: Rahul Gandhi's nomination found valid in Amethi


Amethi, Rejecting all objections raised over Congress president Rahul Gandhi's nomination from Amethi alleging discrepancies over citizenship and educational qualifications in his election affidavit, the Returning Officer on Monday announced that the documents are valid. Four independent candidates from Amethi Lok Sabha seat had challenged it over his educational qualification and nationality during the Scrutiny of the papers on Saturday last. Independent candidate Dhrublal, along with Afzal, Suresh Chandra and Suresh Kumar raised the issue on Saturday during scrutiny of nomination papers by the officials . They demanded that the nomination papers of Mr Gandhi be rejected. Returning Officer (RO) Dr Ram Manohar Mishra, who had postponed the matter till Monday morning, had said that the counsel Rahul Kaushik, representing the Congress president, sought time to reply. Dr Mishra on Monday, after hearing the counsel of Mr Gandhi and others, rejected the objections raised by the independent candidates and termed the nomination papers of the Congress president 'valid'. Dhrublal and others had raised the issue of the nationality and educational qualification of Rahul Gandhi and even submitted the required documents. But Congress has opposed the move and claimed that how can anyone question the nationality of Gandhi family. "Everyone in the country knows about the history of Gandhi family during freedom movement . Now question about the nationality of Rahul Gandhi , shows the narrow mentality of some people," said district congress president Yogendra Mishra here while reacting on the issue. Congress spokesperson Anil Singh alleged that to cover up the discprecency of the nominations of Union minister Smriti Irani, the issue was created.He, in turn, demanded a probe into the education record of BJP candidate Smriti Irani, who had earlier claimed to be graduate and now suddenly becomes 12th pass. The entire Gandhi family-- Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are in Amethi and Rae Bareli on Monday to launch their poll campaigning. Meanwhile, a similar embarrassing situation was averted in the adjoining Rae Bareli seat when both Congress candidate Sonia Gandhi's representative and BJP candidate Dinesh Pratap Singh's counsel made objection against each other . Later the RO Neha Sharma rejected objections raised by both the sides. Congress candidate objected that as the BJP candidate is still the Congress MLC hence he cannot file nominations without resigning from the membership of the legislative council. Similarly, the BJP candidate claimed that the original name of Sonia Gandhi is Antonio Miano, which she had not written in her nomination papers.

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