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Why Sonia delayed citizenship, asks Singh

Rajnath Singh raked up the foreign origin issue of Congress chief & questioned the "delay" by her in adopting the country's citizenship.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Ranchi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2004 06:16 PM IST

Senior BJP leader and Agriculture Minister Rajnath Singh today raked up the foreign origin issue of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and questioned the "delay" by her in adopting the country's citizenship.

"The people should know why Gandhi had not taken the citizenship even after 16 years of marriage with Rajeev Gandhi," he told reporters here.

"Congress defends the cause citing technical reasons for the delay but what are the technicalities. Those should be disclosed before the people," Singh said adding the foreign origin was still a debatable issue.

Asking Congress to explain why it had opposed 1998 Pokhran tests, Singh claimed the opposition also did not want revival of cricket series between India and Pakistan.

Decrying Congress for its "non-performance" during the last 50 years, Singh claimed the Vajpayee Government's rule had put the nation on the fast track vis-a-vis growth.

"India has now got a global status. Indians staying abroad hold their heads high because of this," he said.

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