Updated February 21st, 2024 at 14:43 IST

Baba Siddique’s Son Ousted From Mumbai Youth Congress President Post

The decision comes days after former minister Baba Siddique resigned from the Congress and joined the Ajit Pawar-led NCP

Reported by: Apoorva Shukla
Baba Siddique with Zeeshan Siddique | Image: X/ @zeeshan_iyc
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Mumbai: The Congress party has ousted the son of Baba Siddique, Zeeshan Siddiqui, from the post of Mumbai Youth Congress President on Wednesday, February 21 and the presidency was handed over to Akhilesh Yadav

The decision comes days after former minister Baba Siddique resigned from the Congress after being a member of the party for nearly five decades and joined the Ajit Pawar-led Nationalist Congress party. 

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Zeeshan Siddique is currently a Congress MLA from Bandra (East) and was still holding on with the Congress party after his father's switch. 

Zeeshan Siddique Slams Congress Party 

After being sacked from the post of Mumbai Youth Congress President, Zeeshan Siddique claimed that he had received no official notification or letter from the party regarding his ouster. 

“After giving 12 years to the organisation having fought three elections it is unfortunate that I have not received any official intimation from the party and I have to learn about my ousting from media and social media,” said Zeeshan Siddique in a post on X (formerly Twitter). 

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Zeeshan in his post recalled, “88,517 mumbai youth congress members voted for me to become the president of mumbai youth congress which has been the highest number in the history of mumbai youth congress. This isn’t a nominated post I have got from lobbying or being a yes man to leaders, I have been ELECTED with the highest margin in the election process.”

 

Zeeshan's Role in Baba Siddique's Switch? 

Earlier, Baba Siddique claimed that he had consulted his MLA son Zeeshan Siddique and former Congress MP Priya Dutt before crossing over to the NCP. Before the senior Siddique joined the NCP, Ajit Pawar and other leaders of the party met at Zeeshan’s office 

Baba Siddique's Switch: A Gain For NCP 

Baba Siddique was a prominent minority face of the Mumbai Congress, Siddique also served as a minister when the Congress-NCP coalition was in power. The senior politician is also known for organising grand ‘Iftar’ parties which are attended by top Bollywood stars. 

After resigning from the grand old Congress party, Siddique joined the Nationalist Congress Party and was welcomed into the fold by deputy chief minister in the Eknath Shinde government Ajit Pawar and working president Praful Patel. 

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Baba Siddique's entry into the NCP was seen a major boost to the Ajit Pawar group as the party required a minority face in Mumbai, especially after the BJP shunted former minister Nawab Malik's entry into the NCP. 

 

 

(With Inputs from Agencies…) 

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Published February 21st, 2024 at 11:29 IST