Former Maharashtra minister Baba Siddique on Saturday joined NCP in the presence of party chief and Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, in Mumbai. This comes after Siddique on Friday announced his decision of quitting Congress.
The former minister was associated with the grand old party for nearly five decades.
He did not cite any reason for his decision to quit the Congress though he said that there is a lot to express but “some things are better left unsaid”, in an apparent dig at the party.
A prominent minority face of the Mumbai Congress, Siddique also served as a minister when the Congress-NCP coalition was in power.
His announcement comes days after the Election Commission of India recognised the Ajit Pawar faction as the real National Congress Party (NCP).
Siddique in a post on X said, “I joined the Indian National Congress party as a young teenager and it has been a significant journey lasting 48 years. Today I resign from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress Party @INCIndia with immediate effect.”
He added, “There’s a lot I would have liked to express but as they say some things are better left unsaid. I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey.”
During the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, Siddique had earned much praise for arranging highly sought-after medicines for several needy patients.
The politician is also known for his grand ‘Iftar’ parties which are attended by top Bollywood stars.
His son Zeeshan Siddique is currently a Congress MLA from Bandra (East) in Mumbai.
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