MHA revokes Indian Citizenship of Telangana MLA Chennamaneni, says ‘In the Interest of People’

Telangana Chennamaneni

The Home Ministry has said in its order that it is not in the interest of the people for Chennamaneni to remain an Indian citizen.

The central government revoked the citizenship of TRS MLA Ramesh Chennamanei on Wednesday for hiding the facts about his citizenship. According to sources, the MLA did not disclose the information sought while taking citizenship for 10 years. The government took this decision under Section 10 of the Citizenship Act. Chennamaneni is an MLA from Vemulwara constituency in Telangana since 2009.

There is no provision of dual citizenship in India. If a person is not an Indian citizen, he has no right to contest and vote.

Chennamaneni hid the fact of living abroad for a year

The Home Ministry has said in its order that it is not in the interest of the people for Chennamaneni to remain an Indian citizen. He has hidden the matter of staying abroad for one year after applying. The legislator also has citizenship of Germany.

The verdict was given in my favour in the High Court: MLA

Chennamaneni moved the Telangana High Court in 2017 against the revocation of citizenship. He said that the High Court had ruled in his favour, but the Ministry of Home Affairs did not accept it and revoked his citizenship again. “Now I will take shelter of the High Court to save it. The court gave me permission for this,” he said.

Chennamaneni was elected MLA consecutively since 2009

Chennamaneni first contested from Vemulwara seat in 2009 on the ticket of Chandrababu Naidu’s party TDP. Since then a decision on his citizenship was pending. Then in 2010, from Chief Minister K.J. Chandrashekhar Rao’s party, he won the by-election on TRS ticket. Chennamaneni was also elected to the assembly in 2014 and 2018.


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