Priyanka tweeted the report as “fake news” and said she had not made any such request to the government. She added that as per the eviction letter from the ministry, she would vacate the 35, Lodhi Estate accommodation by August 1.
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
The assertion, however, invited a strong rebuttal from Puri. “Facts speak for themselves. A powerful Congress leader with much clout in the party called me on July 4 at 12.05pm to request that 35, Lodhi Estate be allotted to another Congress MP so that Priyanka Vadra can stay on,” Puri tweeted.
Priyanka did not dispute the minister’s contention about some Congress bigwig seeking a favour for her but emphasised that she had personally never sought an extension of the August 1 deadline. “If someone called you Mr Puri, I thank them for their concern, and thank you for your consideration as well but it still does not change the facts: I have made no such request, and I am making no such request. I will be vacating the house by the 1st of August as required in the eviction letter,” she said.
Puri , however, refused to let go of the matter and again took to Twitter to emphasise that the Congress leader in question was very close to the Gandhis and could not have acted independently of the family. “The leader, who called me and many others, is at the very top of the Congress hierarchy… the same political advisor who speaks and acts on your family’s behalf. It was when he requested that we decided to give two-month extension. Would only request you to first sort out these issues within your party before venting in public. Streak of entitlement and playing victim don’t go well together,” he said.
Priyanka was served an eviction notice after her SPG protection was withdrawn. “If the government wanted to act in a hurry, the eviction notice would’ve been served within days of her losing SPG cover. The rule is same for all,” a source said.