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‘Was asked to shed 10 kilos to meet Rahul Gandhi’, says Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique

Zeeshan Siddique has been removed as the president of the Congress party's Mumbai youth wing, days after his father quit the party and joined the NCP led by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar

Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique represents Bandra (East) in suburban Mumbai (HT_PRINT)Premium
Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique represents Bandra (East) in suburban Mumbai (HT_PRINT)

Zeeshan Siddique, who was recently removed from the post of Mumbai Youth Congress president, said he was body shamed in his quest to meet former Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi.

According to the ousted youth leader, he was informed by people close to Rahul Gandhi that he needed to shed 10 kilograms before meeting the Congress scion during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Is it a sin to be a Muslim in Congress, asks Mumbai MLA Zeeshan Siddique

In a media conference, Zeeshan Siddique said, "During the previous 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' in Nanded, I was told by one of the persons close to Rahul Gandhi that I should lose 10kg before they could let me meet him".

Further, he accused the Congress party of having a discriminatory approach, he said the party mistreats leaders from minority communities.

"The treatment being meted out to minority leaders and workers in the Congress is unfortunate. The extent of communalism in the Congress and Mumbai Youth Congress is unlike anywhere else. Is it a sin to be a Muslim in the Congress? The party has to answer why am I being targeted? Is it only because I am a Muslim?" Siddique added.

Zeeshan Siddique removed as Mumbai Youth Congress President

Siddique, a first-time MLA representing Bandra (East) in suburban Mumbai in the Assembly, is the son of former Maharashtra minister Baba Siddique.

Siddique has been removed as the president of the Congress party's Mumbai youth wing, days after his father quit the party and joined the NCP led by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Recently, Siddique expressed his disappointment with the Congress party on social media saying that he has given 12 years to the organisation and will soon address the media on the development. "After giving 12 years to the organisation (and) 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 ouster from media and social media. I am answerable to 88,517 (Youth Congress members) who voted for me".

Maharashtra news: Former minister Baba Siddique resigns from Congress

In a press conference, Siddique launched an attack against Congress.

"Muslims have no place in the Congress. In Mumbai and Karnataka, two Muslim candidates won Youth wing elections but it took nearly a year for them to get the post in both cases," he said. Zeeshan also said he felt bad about the Congress being in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray (as part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi), when Thackeray, at a solidarity rally of the alliance in Mumbai, praised the demolition of Babri mosque. Rahul Gandhi was doing good work but his team was "extremely corrupt," he alleged.

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Published: 23 Feb 2024, 11:05 AM IST
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