Congress party workers owing allegiance to state Youth Congress president Vishwajeet Kadam created a ruckus at an event organised by state secretary Shehzad Poonawalla and his brother, Tehseen, in Pune on Tuesday.
The Poonawallas are relatives of Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Tehseen had recently married Vadra’s cousin, Monica.
The event, titled ‘Social Media and Political Communication’, was organised at the Congress Bhavan with senior party leader Shashi Tharoor as the main speaker.
The protesters, who were reportedly annoyed by how Kadam was reportedly sidelined at the programme, began shouting slogans against the Poonawalla brothers. Later, they complained to Tharoor that the local party unit and senior leaders were not taken into confidence while the programme was being organised.
Sources said the workers stopped Poonawalla from speaking, shouting aloud that “just being somebody’s relative” doesn’t make him their leader.
Though senior Congress leaders asked the protesters to stop sloganeering, they refused to back down. The commotion died down only after Tharoor got up and began addressing the gathering.