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Added on : 2019-04-20 21:22:03

The returning officer in Amethi constituency of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday ordered the postponement of scrutiny of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers to April 22. Ram Manohar Mishra ordered the postponement after four individuals objected to the documents, alleging there were discrepancies in them.

The returning officer said Gandhi’s representative Rahul Kaushik sought time to reply to the objections. The officer said Kaushik has been given time till 10.30 am on April 22.

Ravi Prakash, the lawyer of Dhruv Lal (an independent candidate from Amethi), one of those who objected to the candidature alleged that Gandhi has declared himself a British citizen in the certificate of incorporation of a company registered in the United Kingdom. Prakash said that under the Representation of People Act, 1951, an individual who is not an Indian citizen is barred from contesting elections in the country.

Elections will be held in Amethi on May 6. The BJP has fielded Union minister Smriti Irani against Gandhi.

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