PM Modi endorses Poonwalla's allegation, questions Congress' 'internal democracy'

Violet Powell
December 4, 2017

The accusation came full force when Maharashtra Congress Secretary Shehzad Poonawalla called out the process of electing party president as "rigged " and said he had information that the delegates, who were going to vote for the election, were fixed.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi said those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts. "It changes colour time and again, creates a wall between brothers, it wants to make urban areas fight with rural areas of the country, the illiterate fight with literates and the poor fight with the rich", he said. Modi claimed his government's success in getting loan from Japan and starting the bullet train project had pinched Congress. Seeking to counter objections to Sardar Patel statue in Bharuch, he said it would bring huge growth to the region in the form of tourism. A Congress leader has claimed that Modi gave 48,000 crore acre land to an industrialist. But the party has brought out a diktat to silence this youth. "He has been collectively boycotted by that party", Mr Modi claimed. He alleged that this was the practice with the Congress Party.

The Prime Minister then justified his "dislike" for Congress politics - the party's strident opposition to the NDA government's policy decisions devised for the development and welfare of the country and people. "A youngster named Shehzad Poonawala has exposed the rigging that is taking place in the Congress president polls". The PM went on to say how during the Congress rule, celebrating festivals comes with the apprehension of violence.

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Poonawalla also opined that rather than blaming any other factors, the Congress must accept defeat on grounds of their leadership not being strong enough.

"Dear PM, your love for "Shahzad", "Shah-Zada" and "Shaurya" is now well known, but "Nation wants to know" when will you reply to the questions raised by senior BJP leaders, 'Shourie (Arun), Sinha (Yashwant) and Sinha (Shatrughan)", he tweeted. BJP who is in power in Gujarat for 22 years in a row is now amazed to have fewer people in their events.

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