Maharashtra Ex Minister Baba Siddique Joins Ajit Pawar’s NCP Days After Quitting Congress


Maharashtra Ex Minister Baba Siddique Joins Ajit Pawar's NCP Days After Quitting Congress

Former Maharashtra Minister Baba Siddique has joined Ajit Pawar’s NCP this evening, days after quitting the Congress. Mr Siddique dealt a severe blow to the Congress – of which he was a part of for the last 48 years – when he announced his decision to resign from the party on Thursday, saying “some decisions are painful, but they have to be taken.” He was a prominent Muslim face of the Mumbai Congress and served as a minister when the Congress-NCP coalition was in power in Maharashtra.

The 66-year-old is the second senior Mumbai Congress leader to leave the party in the last 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 mind to go with Ajit Pawar’s party when he decided to quit the grand old party. “I will go with the Ajit Pawar group. My journey will be from Congress to Nationalist Congress Party,” he said soon after announcing his big decision on X.

In his parting words to the Congress, he 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 with immediate effect”.

“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,” his post on X read.


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