Poonawalla brothers spar over Congress’ presidency dispute


  • Shehzad Poonawalla pretty much said that current Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is an undemocratic shoo-in for the post of president
  • He said he didn’t think that was fair; Rahul, he said, should resign from the vice president post
  • Shehzad’s brother Tehseen and his wife now want nothing to do with him


New Delhi, Nov 30: Tehseen Poonawalla, brother of Maharashtra Congress Secretary Shehzad Poonawalla who called out the party’s president election ‘rigged’, has refused to be associated with his brother, citing he should have voiced his grievances at the party forum instead of taking it to Twitter or the media.

Earlier, Shehzad Poonawalla, claiming that the poll process to elect the Congress president was stacked in Rahul’s favour just because he belongs to the Gandhi family, took to Twitter and said, “Raising an issue nobody in my party – the Congress will have guts to raise- my conscience will not allow me to stay quiet anymore on Dynasty/ sycophancy.”


An office-bearer of the Maharashtra Congress, Poonawalla had earlier told the media he would want to contest the election if it was conducted in a genuine manner. Adding to this, he told ANI, “I think there should be only one ticket in one family, be it Shehzad Poonawalla or Rahul Gandhi.”

Reacting to his brother’s statement, Tehseen said he was “stunned” on hearing him last night on TV and seeing his tweets, and added that the statement was particularly harmful to the party against the backdrop of Gujarat polls.

In a series of tweets, Tehseen also announced that he is ending his relationship with Shehzad “officially.”

Tehseen is married to Rahul’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra’s sister Monicka. Though, he is not a member of the Congress.

However, a letter by Shehzad addressing Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi reveals that he had taken up few matters with him earlier on November 15, but to no avail.