Monday, 6 July 2020

Rahul Gandhi: British or Indian?

Updated: December 3, 2015 12:11 pm

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is the most adept digger of secrets, especially relating to the Gandhi family. And Rahul Gandhi seems along with his MP Mani Shankar Aiyer to be a magnet for controversies. When the two collide, a nuclear blast is no wonder. Dr Swamy’s latest revelation that Rahul filed Income Tax returns for three consecutive years (2005, 2006 and 2009) were for his dissolved company Backops Limited, in which he had declared himself a British citizen with a UK residence address. This revelation has come at the worst time for the Congress. After creditable showing in the recent Bihar Assembly polls, Rahul was expected to be declared party president and that he was to try make the party a fighting fit body to be able to challenge Modi in 2019. A cornered Congress admitted it could have been a “typographical” error, by an accountant, responsible for filing returns. Typographical error for three consecutive years—this will test the most loyal follower of Rahul. Further, did or didn’t Rahul sign the returns? Also all documents and the final returns are sent to the filer—Rahul—before being filed. If Rahul did not see the returns before signing them then God save the country, if he becomes prime minister. But before that he will have to be cleared of charges made by Dr Swamy.

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