1. Who is Shehzad Poonawalla – the man who challenged Rahul Gandhi’s candidature for Congress Presidential polls

Who is Shehzad Poonawalla – the man who challenged Rahul Gandhi’s candidature for Congress Presidential polls

Known as a Gandhi family relative in political circle, Shehzad Poonawalla shocked everyone when he claimed that the party presidential polls are rigged in favour Gandhi.

By: | Published: November 30, 2017 11:47 AM
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Shehzad Poonawalla, an office-bearer in Maharastra Congress, has become the first in the party to raise his voice against the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as president. Known as a Gandhi family relative in political circle, Poonawalla shocked everyone when he claimed that the party presidential polls are rigged in favour Gandhi. Shehzad currently serves as a Secretary in Maharashtra Congress. Apart from his association with the Gandhi family, Shehzad formerly served with ministry of parliamentary affairs. He has been described as ‘a lawyer, civil rights activist and a Congress party supporter.’ He even challenged Gandhi for a televised debate. The Congressman has repeatedly requested a media to not to portray him as someone related to Gandhi family. On Twitter, he describes himself as a “Nehruvian, Gandhian, Civil Rights Activist, TEDx Speaker and Columnist.” On the account of personal details, he says, “My religion is Islam, culture is Hindu, ideology Indian.” He is also a columnist for the Indian Express. The Express describes him as a writer, a lawyer, was petitioner to the NCM in the 2013 housing discrimination and Misbah Qadri cases. He said that there should be only one ticket in one family, “be it Shehzad Poonawalla or Rahul Gandhi.”

Shehzad is learnt to have started his career with Congress in 2008. He has served as a member of the research team of the All India Congress Committee’s (AICC’s) media cell. Also, he has been a vice-president of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) wing in Pune. In his early days, Shehzad reportedly chalked out an organized course to groom yourself before seeking a career in politics and governance. The young Congress leader is a graduate of the MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG), Pune.

Poonalwalla claimed that the delegates who are going to vote for the party president elections are fixed. “They have been appointed for their loyalty. Yes It takes courage to speak out, there will be all kinds of attacks against me, but I have facts,” Shehzad said.

He even said that Gandhi must first resign as vice president to lose the “unfair advantage” he has over other possible candidates.

He sent a direct message to Rahul Gandhi, “Will he be ready for a televised debate where we both as contestants can have a debate on what is our vision for the Congress party? We can be judged on merit, not on the surname.” Writing a letter to Gandhi, he asked: “We are not into some family business, are we?”

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    Lpgupta
    Dec 3, 2017 at 11:52 pm
    Shezad you have seen your loyalties with congress. This party uudoubtly a properitory party. Only Neharu or Gandhi surname's can be boss of this party. You must should contest the ppresidential post. LAKSHMAN PRASAD GUPTA Dibrugarh Assam 9435747868
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      RD
      Dec 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm
      Senior leaders are silent always on injustice, this young man has shown how one can fight injustice bravely. Hats off!
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        PK
        Dec 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm
        I support you Shehzad! Congrats, you have the guts to say the truth.
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          Gajendra Koli
          Dec 1, 2017 at 9:42 pm
          Shehzad is stinging congress leaders who are known to be not so close to the family. Is he doing this to identify and isolate potential threat to the dynasty? He may be part of the drama enacted by the dynasty.
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            Giri
            Nov 30, 2017 at 1:51 pm
            What is "shocked everyone" about it? You have to be a complete moron to believe this so-called contest is not rigged/fixed in favour of RG. At least this man.has the courage to say it out loud, whilst "senior" leaders are all prone at the feet of the corrupt relics of the dynasty
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