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Congress is proprietorship, Manish Tewari told me: Shehzad Poonawalla

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On a day notification was issued for the to choose the next President, a party functionary from on Friday raised more questions over the process.

Secretary Shehzad Poonawalla alleged that party's spokesperson had told him during a conversation that the was a "proprietorship" like every other political party in India.

The audio clip of the purported conversation between Poonawalla and Tewari was also played out by TV news channel Times Now.

Tewari is heard telling Poonawalla that his remarks against the process were "one way ticket out of the party".

Poonawalla tells Tewari during the conversation that organisational elections right from the booth level were supposed to be held on "secret ballot" but that was never the case.

Poonawala also says he did not have problem with surnames but merit should be rewarded, and talks about Ajay Maken continuing as Delhi chief despite the party losing several elections.

Tewari then purportedly comments that "this is a proprietorship" and "not a political party" and "no political party in India is a political party, they are all proprietorships."

He also says that it was second wave of reforms which "are very essential for democracy".

When contacted for a response, Tewari said: "I am not aware of any audio clip."

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani took a dig at the over the issue and said that there had been conversations for the past two years in the about how Rahul Gandhi was to be elected the party chief.

"It is perpetual thing in the party," she said and added that "nothing that Tewari was saying is new".

The last date of filing nominations for the organisational polls in which Rahul Gandhi is slated to be elected party chief is December 4.

Poonawalla had on Thursday said that the and its Vice President Rahul Gandhi must answer questions raised by him about "delegates being fixed" or "about one family-one ticket rule".

The had raised questions over Poonawalla's stature in the party and slammed him for showing disgruntlement on the eve of



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First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 23:14 IST