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''Legal bar'' on Sonia: Swamy

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dear mr swamiji
by raju on May 14, 2004 10:16 AM

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 during elections, they could have as well brought in a legislation during their previous tenure but they didnt do it. Now its too late and alas we indians are again going to be ruled by the foreigner with her cronies.

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What are they afraid of?
by lgaur on May 04, 2004 12:13 PM

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 congress and put Sonia Gandhi at the helms of the country? If only India were that luck!! Rather than focusing on their strengths (well if they have any other than inciting cummunal dishormany). Seriously, for a ruling party to get so paranoid about this issue is really surprising. I think they should stop this silliness and concentrate on their own record. Indian public is smart enough to decide what they want. The old poetry writing, movie watching, slow walking, big tikka faced and lack lustre bunch definitely know that their record cannot get them the majority vote. They can't even name a guy that will succeed aging PM. Right now they are just eating what PV Narsimha Rao's cabinet has sown a while ago. That's glow they are living under. They need to think about country, if they are the kind of patriotic people they claim to be. Not worry about builing temples (god can take care of his own home) and what Babar had done hundreds of years ago and distribute cheap saries to buy votes. Boy they really get the worst of me.

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Legal Bar on Sonia...
by Vishnu on May 04, 2004 02:32 AM

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 mentioned is defined in the section 5(1)(e) (commonwealth citizenship), where as Ms.Sonia Gandhi acquired her citizenship under section 5(1)(c) (citizenship acquired by marrying an indian citizen).

Vishnu Bhavaraju,
Cincinnati, US.

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Swami obviously does not know what he is talking about!!!
by Deepto on May 04, 2004 01:25 AM

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 conditions and restrictions subject to which persons of any such country may be registered as citizens of India under this clause, the Central Government shall have due regard to the conditions subject to which citizens of India may, by law or practice of that country, become citizens of that country by registration". it merely means that at the time of registration the Central Government can impose restrictions which might be similar to the restrictions imposed by the country. It does not mean that the restricitions automatically apply or that the Central Government has to impose restricitons. If the Central CGivt does not impose restriction at the time registration is granted, as it did in the case of Ms Gandhi, then she is obviously entitled to all the privileges which an Indian citizen is entitled to. Mr Swamy's legal experts are ahem!!! not as expert as they think they are. Perhaps, the communalists are not felling too good right now!!!!!

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Sonia Gandhi's Citizenship
by AMIT MATHUR on May 04, 2004 01:02 AM

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. Read Frontline Magazine, Sep 29-Oct12, 2001.

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