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New Delhi, News24 Bureau, April 30: Troubles are mounting for the Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his British citizenship row. He has been given a fortnight by the Home Ministry to explain his “factual position” over a complaint about his citizenship.

The home ministry notice comes at a time when the Genral Elections are moving towards the fifth phase and is in the middle of the seven-phase national election. ELections are due in both constituencies of Rahul  Gandhi. Gandhi is contesting from the constituencies of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala.

“I am directed to say that this ministry has received a representation from Dr Subramanian Swamy, in which it has been brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in the year 2003, with address 51 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EH and that you were one of the directors and secretary of the said company,” says the letter from BC Joshi, Director, Citizenship, in the home ministry.

The letter also says: “It has been further brought out in the complaint that in the company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and 31 October, 2006, your date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and that you had declared your nationality as British.”

It says the dissolution application of the company, dated February 17, 2009, also referred to Rahul Gandhi’s nationality as British.

The Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha has issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi asking him to respond to allegations of declaring himself as a British citizen in the legal papers of a UK-based company.

A senior BJP leader had claimed that Rahul had declared himself a British citizen in legal documents of a UK-based firm ‘Backops Ltd’. Rahul was a Director of the firm based in Winchester. BJP’s Lok Sabha member Mahesh Girri had forwarded his complaint to Speaker Sumitra Mahaja, who had then referred the matter to the Ethics committee chaired by LK Advani.