NEW DELHI: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday engaged in a war of words over Lodhi Estate bungalow with Puri claiming that a Congress leader had requested him to grant Priyanka an extension and Priyanka denying any knowledge of such a request made in her name.
The day started with Puri, minister of urban housing and development, taking to Twitter countering Priyanka's rebuttal of news reports that she had requested for an extension to continue to stay in 35, Lodhi Estate bungalow after the ministry had served an eviction to her on July 1.
Puri sharing details of the "request" said that "facts speaks for themselves" and claimed that, "a powerful Congress leader with much clout in the Party called me on 4 July, 2020 at 12:05 pm to request that 35, Lodhi Estate be allotted to another INC MP so that Priyanka Vadra can stay on."
Facts speak for themselves!A powerful Congress leader with much clout in the Party called me on 4 July 2020 at 12… https://t.co/l2OnR0wkHT— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) 1594709170000
In less than an hour after Puri tweeted, Priyanka said that she did not make any such request and she will be evacuating the bungalow by August 1, as directed by the eviction notice.
If someone called you Mr Puri, I thank them for their concern, and thank you for your consideration as well but it… https://t.co/gZ68apFWeQ— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1594712144000
Soon after, Puri in a second string of tweets for the day, asked Priyanka to "first sort out these issues within " the Congress party as he said that the leader who had called him was "the same political advisor who speaks and acts on your family’s behalf".
He further added, "Streak of entitlement & playing victim don't go well together."
The leader who called me, & many others, is at the very top of the Congress hierarchy...the same political advisor… https://t.co/e0eHV2Dw9g— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) 1594714617000
The ministry of housing and urban development had on July 1 served a notice to Priyanka Gandhi to vacate the 35, Lodhi Estate bungalow before August 1 as she no longer comes under SPG security cover.