NEW DELHI: Thanking the PMO for his praise by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla said on Sunday that he had contacted party Vice President Rahul Gandhi's office during the day but was insulted.
"Thank you @PMOIndia (Prime Minister's Office). I will continue my fight against dynasty politics -- I will not be cowed down by attempts to silence me," said Poonawalla on Twitter.
"Sardar Patel was denied his due years ago. I contacted @OfficeOfRG (Rahul Gandhi's office) even today (Sunday) asking his office to meet me so I could give them proof about the rigged election of Rahul Gandhi -- they insulted me just like Patel must have been insulted," he added.
Poonawalla wrote: "Tomorrow, voters of Congress will give a befitting reply to Shehzada for denying us Shehzads the right to challenge the Crowning of the Prince -- will give details tomorrow morning -- hope not eliminated like Safdar Hashmi -- will avenge Sardar Patel's insult too."
"Analyse the truth friends: Even today I criticised @PMOIndia (like always) yet @Narendra Modiji praised me and dynasty slaves of @OfficeOfRG who I served selflessly for 8-9 years (who cheer for Yashwant, Shourie) removed me!! Emergency has returned to dynasty's DNA?" he tweeted.
Analyse the truth friends: even today I criticised @PMOIndia (like always) yet @narendramodi ji praised me & dynasty slaves of @OfficeOfRG who I served selflessly for 8-9years (who cheer for Yashwant,Shourie) removed me!! Emergency has returned to dynasty's DNA? https://t.co/srpte76NlS— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) December 3, 2017
Poonawalla had alleged that the party President's election is rigged to favour Rahul Gandhi.
Poonawalla on Sunday had furthered his attack against party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and dubbed him ‘shehzada’, in line with the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) repeated jibes referring to him by the same moniker.
Speaking to media, Poonwala said that Congress Party had “no place for Shehzad [himself], but for shehzada [Rahul Gandhi].”
“I have been trying to raise the most important issue of dynastic politics and fair opportunity to the non-dynasts within the party for the past six to eight years. I also wrote to Rahul ji on this. Instead of answering my claims about delegates being fixed and one family one ticket rule - they are making baseless allegations against me that I am a BJP agent. I have to become a whistle-blower. I am not spineless like the other Congress leaders,” he said.
"Main Shehzad hoon, shehzada nahin. [I am Shehzad Poonawalla, not a prince like Rahul Gandhi]. They don't have a place for me," he added.
Rubbishing Congress' claims that he was not a party leader, Poonawalla said, “If I was not a member of the Congress Party, why does my name appear in a letter signed by Ashok Chavan in April 2016 appointing me as Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee secretary?”
He showed the letter to the media as the proof.
Modi on Sunday targeted the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family over dynasty politics and praised Poonawalla for his action.
"A youngster Shehzad has exposed the rigging that is taking place in the Congress President's poll. And Shehzad is a senior Congress leader in Maharashtra. The Congress has tried to muzzle his voice and wants to even remove him from their social media groups. What tolerance is this?" Modi said at a rally in Surendranagar.
"Those who have no internal democracy can't work for people. I want to tell this youngster Shehzad -- you have done a brave thing but this is sadly what has always happened in the Congress," he added.
(with inputs from ANI)