"We will deal with it," Gandhi said today to queries by reporters while the Congress reacted sharply, accusing the government of trying to divert attention from pressing issues facing the country.

In the first week of January, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had forwarded to the Ethics Committee the complaint of BJP MP Maheish Girri requesting for 'appropriate inquiry' into party colleague Subramanian Swamy's allegations that Gandhi had declared himself a British citizen to float a firm in thatcountry.

"The Ethics Committee has issued a show cause notice asking him (Rahul Gandhi) how he showed his citizenship as British when he was in London and became a Director...," Arjun Ram Meghwal, one of the committee members, told reporters outside Parliament today.

Swamy had also approached the Speaker in this regard. Girri, who is an MP from East Delhi, had earlier maintained that it was necessary that people should get to know the reality in this issue and requested the Speaker to initiate an appropriate inquiry.

In a statement, he had also said then that many "contradictory" facts against Gandhi had come up and there was "a big mystery" over his citizenship.

After referring the matter to the Ethics Committee, the Speaker had then said that whenever an MP sends a complaint to the Speaker, it is referred to the committee as per rules.

Swamy, a former MP, had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last November raising questions over Gandhi's citizenship.

Hitting back, Gandhi had accused the PM of indulging in mudslinging through his "cronies" and dared the government to probe the allegations against him and send him to jail if found guilty.

Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury today alleged that the government was trying to divert attention from the "various crises" being faced by the country.

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