Mumbai: Lower than three months earlier than the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress in Mumbai is in bother as two senior leaders have give up the get together to affix Maharashtra’s ruling coalition.
Former Maharashtra minister and MLA Baba Siddique on Thursday resigned from the Congress, saying he had “sure compulsions which can’t be revealed”.
He’ll be part of the Ajit Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Celebration (NCP) on Saturday, he stated.
Final month, former MP and Union Minister Milind Deora give up the Congress to affix the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena.
The Maharashtra authorities is dominated by an alliance of the BJP, Shinde Sena and the Ajit Pawar faction of the NCP, which joined the coalition late final yr.
Congress sources instructed ThePrint that they feared extra leaders, particularly these near Deora and Siddique, may observe go well with within the coming days.
Mumbai Congress president Varsha Gaikwad, who took over the management of the get together’s metropolis unit in June final yr, instructed ThePrint that she couldn’t be blamed for the defection and that she was doing all the pieces she may to make sure that the remainder of the herd stayed collectively.
“This is not about me… They don’t seem to be leaving due to me,” she stated. Gaikwad stated everybody who wished to go had their very own causes for doing so, including that she was in fixed contact with the remainder of the MLAs, who had “assured” her that they might not go away.
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‘Siddique grew to become demotivated by management’
Siddique, whose resignation got here after a stint of 48 years within the get together, had joined the Congress as an adolescent.
In a submit on At the moment, I resign from the first membership of the Indian Nationwide Congress Celebration with rapid impact.”
His son Zeeshan is a Congress MLA.
Chatting with reporters on Thursday, Siddique stated he had sure compulsions that he couldn’t reveal, including that he would shoulder the duty imposed on him by his new get together. “I’ll work as successfully and loyally as I do right here (Congress),” he instructed reporters.
An in depth aide of Siddique instructed ThePrint that he “felt demotivated by the state and central management”.
“Regardless of being within the get together for years, he was not given the chance to work the best way he wished. He was additionally sad with the best way the Shiv Sena UBT leaders have been treating the Congress within the state,” the worker instructed ThePrint.
He stated Zeeshan, MLA from Bandra East constituency, would observe in his father’s footsteps nearer to the Maharashtra Meeting elections later this yr.
“It’s only a matter of time earlier than he resigns,” one other senior Congress chief instructed ThePrint.
ThePrint reached Zeeshan Siddique by means of cellphone calls. This report might be up to date if and when a response is acquired.
Congress leaders are actually nervous that extra individuals will desert the get together, embarrassing the highest management as Rahul Gandhi’s ongoing ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ is about to finish on March 20 in Mumbai.
(Edited by Tikli Basu)
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