Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 24:
The Odisha High Court today dismissed the petition questioning the nationality of Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh.
Former Kandhamal MP Rudra Madhav Ray had filed an election petition with High Court questioning her origin following which the court had served notices to Pratyusha, Election Commission of India, State Election Officer, Lok Sabha Speaker, State and Union Home departments and Kandhamal and Nayagarh district collectors.
In response to this, the BJD MP had filed her written statement in February this year claiming that she is an Indian born to a Nepalese father and an Indian mother. She had further claimed that she was born at Ranchi in India while her parents were staying there for a period of time.
The BJD parliamentarian had urged the court to dismiss the petition of Ray at the threshold as it lacked merit.
It may be mentioned that Ray had lost to Pratyusha, the widow of Hemendra Chandra Singh, in the October 2014 by-elections to the Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat by over three lakh votes.
The seat had fallen vacant after Hemendra Chandra Singh’s sudden demise months after being elected from the seat in the 2014 general elections.
Ray had challenged the BJD leader’s election stating that she did not qualify to be a Member of Parliament as she is a citizen of Nepal and has not accepted Indian citizenship yet.