Mumbai: Former Maharashtra minister Baba Siddique joined Ajit Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party on Saturday, only days after resigning from the Congress. On February 8, Baba Siddique, a famous minority face of the Congress in Mumbai, declared his decision to end his 48-year association with the party.
After collaborating with Ajit Pawar, he stated, “Congress does politics of perception; they want our votes but refuse to give anything.”
He launched a harsh attack on Congress, claiming that he was treated there in the same way that “curry leaves” are used to improve the flavor of food.
Speaking to ANI he said, “Now, it is done. ‘Ab kya rona, jab chidiya chug gayi khet’ (what is the use of crying over spilled milk). It was done with dhol, not quietly. When you are not being listened to, you should move to the side…I have a lot to say, but someone should answer. I am sad but happy too. I am sad because as I was with Congress for 48 years and I am not thick-skinned…”
Elaborating further, he said, “If you heard my speech today, in a subdued tone I tried to convey many things. My condition in the Congress was how curry leaves are used to enhance the taste of food. I was treated like that in the Congress Party.”
He was also a minister in Maharashtra during the Congress-NCP coalition’s tenure. The event occurred at a time when the Election Commission dealt a significant setback to the side led by Sharad Pawar by awarding the Nationalist Congress Party name and emblem to the faction led by Ajit Pawar on Thursday.
Baba Siddique’s son, Zeeshan Siddique, is a Congress MLA representing Mumbai’s Bandra (East). “He is independent and he will take his own decision,” said Siddique when asked if his kid will also join the NCP.
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