Shehzad and Sibling rivalry

December 04 2017

Congress leaders had never even dreamt that Shehzad Poonawalla, whose only claim to fame is his relationship with the Gandhi Nehru family, would put Gandhi family scion Rahul Gandhi’s coronation under a cloud. It is well known that Shahzad’s brother Tehseen Poonawalla had married Priyanka Gandhi’s sister-in-law, that is, her husband Robert Vadra’s cousin sister. Shehzad has had a short but interesting political career. Before entering politics he completed a grooming course about how to speak in public and how to be seen. He had been vice president of the Pune unit of NSUI, the Congress’ students wing. He formally entered Congress in 2008 as a member of the party’s research team. In his Tweeter handle, he describes himself as a Nehruvian-Gandhian, civil rights activist, TedEx speaker and a columnist. He further says “My religion is Islam, culture is Hindu and ideology is Indian.” Shahzad used to take care of Rajeev Shukla work when the later became Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the Manmohan Singh government. That is why a lot of people are feeling that his recent diatribe is an expression of the covert Rahul VS Priyanka war. Shehzad is known to be a friend of the Congress leaders who like Priyanka. Priyanka had been active in almost all elections in Uttar Pradesh till now, at least in Gandhi family’s pocket Burroughs Amethi and Raebareli. But in the recently held local body elections in the state, Priyanka did not campaign at all, that is been attributed as one of the reasons for the complete rout of the party in Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency Amethi. Thus, Shehzad’s fulminations are being seen as an undeclared war between Rahul and Priyanka. Earlier too, Shehzad, while being a member of the party, embarrassed leaders like Ajay Maken and Manish Tiwari. Tehseen Poonawalla might have distanced himself from his brother but it’ll be very difficult for the Rahul camp to get better of ‘shehzada’ who is being considered as one of the closest Advisors of Lalu Yadav’s son Tejaswi Yadav.

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