Baba Siddique
Baba Siddique

Former Maharashtra minister and a famous name in the Bollywood circle Baba Siddique joined Ajit Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party on Saturday, days after quitting the Congress. On February 8, Baba Siddique announced his decision to sever his 48-year-old tie with the Congress.

It was no secret that Baba Siddique was going to join Ajit Pawar-led NCP but there was no announcement before the official event on February 10. The move significant for the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha election took place after the Election Commission recognised Ajit Pawar’s NCP as the real NCP. Ajit Pawar last year joined the Sena (Eknath Shinde) – BJP (Devendra Fadnavis) government breaking away from Sharad Pawar’s NCP.

“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. 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,” Baba Siddique posted on X.

Baba Siddique’s exit from the Congress was the second major blow to the party ahead of the election as former Union minister Milind Deora too deserted the Congress to join Eknath Shinde’s Sena faction over seat sharing woes between Congress and the Uddhav Sena.

The Congress – as part of the INDIA bloc – will be contesting the Lok Sabha election in Maharashtra along with Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar (the Sharad Pawar faction of the NCP).

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Baba Siddique was an MLA for three consecutive terms in 1999, 2004 and 2009, and had also served as a minister of state for food and civil supplies, labour and FDA, (2004-08) and had also served as a municipal corporator earlier for two consecutive terms (1992-1997). He has also served as the chairperson and senior vice president of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee and the parliamentary board of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.

Baba Siddique’s induction is a big boost for Ajit Pawar’s NCP