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, 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.