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New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday broke his silence over BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy’s allegations that the former had declared himself as a British national in the annual return of a company in Britain, saying he was not afraid of the Narendra Modi government.

While addressing Youth Congress leaders, he asked PM Modi not to use ‘champoos’ (lackeys) for levelling ‘baseless’ allegations against him.

“I am not afraid of this government and ready for a time-bound probe. If you find anything against me, put me in jail,” Gandhi said, adding, “Modi ji show your 56-inch chest, I’m not scared.”

Reacting to Gandhi’s barb, Swamy called the former a “third-class” person from the Nehru family. “Rahul Gandhi didn’t even pass the college.”

While addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad earlier on Thursday, the BJP leader alleged that “Sonia and Rahul get commission through the directors of the companies, including one in France which supplies submarine parts worth Rs 20,000 crore to India.”

“Rahul Gandhi is not a political leader but a commission agent… All Congress leaders are commission agents,” Swamy said.

“Rahul started many companies to get commission… I will enquire whether he has the citizenship of Turkey and other countries or not,” Swamy said, adding, “The mother-son duo own wealth worth Rs 2.50 lakh crore, which is more than the Income Tax revenue of the country”.

Swamy on Monday had alleged that Gandhi had declared himself as a British national in the annual return of a company in Britain. The Congress termed his allegation “petty and mindless mud-slinging”.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bhartiya Janata Party leader alleged that Gandhi was director of a company – Backops Limited – which was incorporated in 2003 in Britain and was later dissolved in 2009.

Swamy demanded steps to strip Gandhi of his Indian citizenship.

According to the company annual return, “Gandhi has given his date of birth correctly but has declared himself to be of British nationality with a UK address”, the letter said.

It said the Congress leader has “prima facie, committed an unconstitutional act and therefore be liable to be stripped of his citizenship and membership of the Lok Sabha”.

Responding to the allegation, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “Frustrated by their humiliating defeat in Bihar elections and internal revolt brewing among the senior most leadership, BJP’s dirty tricks department led by Subramanian Swamy is resorting to petty and mindless mud-slinging.”

“In this quest, Swamy and the BJP are repeating rehashed allegations levelled earlier on multiple occasions, including through press conferences held in Ahmedabad and Delhi in October 2012. We reject them with the contempt that they deserve and the falsehood they seek to perpetuate,” he added.

Surjewala said: “From the day he was born, Gandhi has held Indian citizenship and Indian passport and has never held citizenship of any other country nor has he represented as such. The allegation by Swamy is entirely false.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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Modi must speak up on violence against women, children: Rahul

During the protest, Gandhi slammed the Prime Minister over the repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao was “unacceptable”. He prodded him to speak.

He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party governments in these states of “protecting rapists”. “Mr Prime Minister, your silence is unacceptable. What do you think about the growing violence against women and children? Why are accused rapists and murderers protected by the state? India is waiting. Speak up,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi steps down
Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi again on his inability to secure women and children. Wikipedia

In another tweet earlier, Gandhi thanked people who had taken part in the midnight protest in Delhi against the “slumber” that the Modi government was in and sought justice for the victims.

“Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women.

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“I thank each and everyone of you for your support. It shall not be in vain,” Gandhi said while attaching pictures of people who participated in the protest. Gandhi, who had led the protest Thursday night, was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra, hundreds of party workers and senior party leaders.

During the protest, Gandhi slammed the Prime Minister over the repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country. “We want the government to take action. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. Somewhere a child, a woman is raped, killed and we want that the government should resolve this. The women of the country should feel safe,” he had said. IANS

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