Former Maharashtra Minister Baba Siddique joined Ajit Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Social gathering this night, days after quitting the Congress. He launched a pointy assault on his earlier get together after becoming a member of the NCP: “My situation within the Congress was how curry leaves are used to reinforce the style of meals. I used to be handled like that within the Congress Social gathering.”
Mr Siddique dealt a extreme blow to the Congress – of which he was part of for the final 48 years – when he introduced his choice to resign from the get together on Thursday, saying “Some selections are painful, however they must be taken.” He was a distinguished Muslim face of the Mumbai Congress and served as a minister when the Congress-NCP coalition was in energy in Maharashtra.
The 66-year-old is the second senior Mumbai Congress chief to depart the get together within the final one month after former Union Minister Milind Deora joined the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena in January.
He had already made up his thoughts to go together with Ajit Pawar’s get together when he determined to stop the grand previous get together. “I’ll go together with the Ajit Pawar group. My journey will likely be from Congress to Nationalist Congress Social gathering,” he mentioned quickly after saying his massive choice on X.
Mr Siddique mentioned at the moment that he “met with Praful Patel a number of days in the past after which it was determined that I’ve to work within the NCP below the management of Ajit Pawar”. Former Union Minister Praful Patel is an in depth aide of Ajit Pawar and is presently the working president of NCP.
In his parting phrases to the Congress, he mentioned, “I joined the Indian Nationwide Congress get together as a younger teenager and it has been a big journey lasting 48 years. In the present day I resign from the first membership of the Indian Nationwide Congress Social gathering with speedy impact”.
“There’s loads I might have preferred to precise however as they are saying some issues are higher left unsaid. I thank everybody who has been part of this journey,” his submit on X learn.
I joined the Indian Nationwide Congress get together as a younger teenager and it has been a big journey lasting 48 years. In the present day I resign from the first membership of the Indian Nationwide Congress Social gathering @INCIndia with speedy impact. There’s loads I might have preferred to precise…
— Baba Siddique (@BabaSiddique) February 8, 2024
The event comes after the Ajit Pawar faction of the NCP – a part of the ruling coalition in Maharashtra – recognised as the true NCP by the Election Fee earlier this week. The ballot physique’s choice ended months of hypothesis over the factional struggle along with his uncle – additionally the founding father of NCP – Sharad Pawar.
Baba Siddique’s son Zeeshan is a Congress MLA from Bandra (East) in Mumbai. “He’ll take his personal name,” mentioned Mr Siddique when requested if his son would comply with his footsteps.
The politician can also be recognized for his grand Iftar events that are attended by prime Bollywood stars like Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.