Congress leader filed his nomination papers for the fourth time from Amethi, which has for long been seen as a pocket borough of the Gandhi family in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers for the Lok Sabha seat from Amethi have been held valid on Monday. The returning officer (RO), after inspecting allegations over his citizenship and other issues, has set aside objections on him.
On Saturday (April 20), an independent candidate and three others had objected over Rahul’s nomination from Amethi. He was alleged of discrepancies over citizenship and educational qualifications in his election document.
The Congress leader was stated of being a British national. Complainant Dhruv Lal’s lawyer had submitted the certificate copies of a UK-registered company’s incorporation before RO Ram Manohar Misra.
The complainant’s lawyer Ravi Prakash had sought a clarification on Rahul’s nomination papers. He claimed that his UK citizenship would bar him from contesting Lok Sabha Elections. However, Rahul’s affidavit was declared valid after hearing his counsel.
This is the fourth time that the Congress President has filed his nomination papers from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. Voters here have backed the Gandhi family for decades. The district has been for long a stronghold of the Gandhi family in Uttar Pradesh.
The political career of Rahul Gandhi began when he first fought from Amethi in 2004. He was pitted against Smriti Irani of the Bhartiya Janata Party.