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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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Now India is One of The Most Open Countries for FDI: Narendra Modi

Modi had conceptualised the summit as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2003 to position the state as an ideal investment destination after the 2002 riots.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his government had made doing business in India easier, cheaper, faster and smarter with his term accounting for almost 45 per cent of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that the country received in the last 18 years.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 here, he said India was now one of the most open countries for FDI with over 90 per cent approvals put on the automatic route.

“In the last four years, we have received FDI worth $263 billion. This is 45 per cent of the FDI received in last 18 years,” Modi told the gathering.

He said India was among the top 10 FDI destinations.

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Modi, who is on a three-day visit to his home state to throw open his pet biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, said the India of today was a land of “immense opportunities” being the only place that offered democracy, demography and demand.

“Fifty cities in India are ready to build metro rail systems. We have to build 50 million houses. The requirement of road, rail and waterways is enormous. We want world class technologies to achieve our goal in a faster and cleaner way. India is thus, a land of immense opportunities.” he said.

The Prime Minister said the challenge for India, as in most emerging economies, was to grow horizontally as well as vertically to ensure that the benefits of development spread to regions and communities that have lagged behind while also meeting enhanced expectations in terms of quality of life, quality of services and quality of infrastructure.

“We are well aware that our achievements, here in India, will directly impact one sixth of humanity.”

Modi said his government had removed the barriers which were preventing India from achieving its full potential and now it was ready for business like never before.

The government has made doing business easier. cheaper, faster and smarter, he said.

“In the last four years, we have jumped 65 places in the global ranking of World Bank’s Doing Business Report. From 142 in 2014 to 77 now, but we are still not satisfied. I have asked my team to work harder so that India is in the top 50 next year.

“We have also made doing business cheaper. The historic implementation of Goods and Services Tax and other measures of simplification and consolidation of taxes have reduced transaction costs and made processes efficient.

“We have also made doing business faster through digital processes, online transactions and single point inter-faces,” he said.

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Doing business in India now easier, cheaper, faster, smarter: Modi

He said his government had made doing business smarter by insisting on IT based transactions and digital payments including direct transfer of government benefits.

Modi added that he understood that being a young nation, India needs to create job opportunities and better infrastructure, which are both linked with investments.

“Therefore, in recent years, there has been unprecedented focus on manufacturing and infrastructure,” he said.

Listing the achievements of his government, he said for the first time, India had become a net exporter of electricity, had installed transmission lines at an unprecedented pace and had doubled the speed of road construction with rural road connectivity now at 90 per cent.

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“At 7.3 per cent, the average GDP growth, over the entire term of our government, has been the highest of any Indian government since 1991. At the same time,the rate of inflation at 4.6 per cent is the lowest for any Indian government since 1991, when India began its process of liberalisation,” he said.

Modi had conceptualised the summit as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2003 to position the state as an ideal investment destination after the 2002 riots. (IANS)