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Swamy digs out 'legal bar' on Sonia becoming PM

May 03, 2004 19:29 IST
Last Updated: May 03, 2004 20:10 IST

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that there is a 'clear legal bar' on Congress president Sonia Gandhi becoming the prime minister because of a 'reciprocity' proviso to Section 5 of the Citizenship Act.

The proviso stipulates that an Indian Citizenship, conferred under this section to an Italian, shall be subject to the same conditions and restrictions that apply to Indians, who sought Italian citizenship, he told a press conference.

In Italy, a naturalised citizen could not hold a high public office like the prime minister of the country.

"Because of the conditional reciprocal nature of Sonia Gandhi's Indian citizenship, she is disqualified to become the prime minister," he said.

He claimed to have consulted legal experts and legal officers of the country, who had concurred with his views, and has written to Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani to issue a Government Order to make this position clear.

If the Centre does not issue an order, he would consider approaching the Supreme Court.

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Sub: dear mr swamiji

Mr. Subramanian Swamy, You should have done this long back(appraoching courts) because never i beleived that BJP will do this. They only played this card ...

Posted by raju

Sub: What are they afraid of?

I simply fail to understand the BJP obsession with Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. What are they afraid of? That people will discover their shortcomings and elect ...

Posted by lgaur

Sub: Legal Bar on Sonia...

The "legal bar" dug out by Mr.Swamy may not be applicable to Ms. Sonia Gandhi's case. Here is the reason: The "reciprocity" clause that Mr.Swamy ...

Posted by Vishnu

Sub: Swami obviously does not know what he is talking about!!!

It is obvious that Mr Swamy has completely misunderstood the proviso to section 5 of the Citizenship Act. it simply states that "in prescribing the ...

Posted by Deepto

Sub: Sonia Gandhi's Citizenship

The Supreme Court dismisses two election petitions which base themselves on a challenge of the Indian citizenship status of Sonia Gandhi, citing deficiency in pleadings. ...



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