Assam: Several Congress members quit party after suspension of Assembly member
Silchar: Several members of Assam Congress from Karimganj South Assembly constituency have quit the party in protest against the suspension of Assembly member Siddique Ahmed.
Four-time MLA Siddique, who raised controversy after his suspension from the Congress for violating party discipline, on Sunday evening at his home in Baraigram of Karimganj district (under Karimganj South Assembly constituency). Arranged the meeting.
Several Congress members, including Block Congress, Mandal Congress, Yuva Congress and Mahila Congress members of at least 22 village panchayats, severed ties with the party at Siddique’s request.
He is expected to submit his resignation at the District Congress office on Monday.
During the meeting, Siddique said that the Congress was “infected with the virus” and that the party had lost its former prestige. He added that this was only due to incompetent leadership.
He alleged that “he was unfairly suspended by the Congress and a conspiracy was hatched to remove him from the party.” He vowed to work actively for the elimination of Congress in Karimganj district in future.
Strongly attacking Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhupen Bora and Karimganj North Congress MLA Kamalakhya De Purkayastha, Siddique said, Removed from the party. ”
The MLA, who said he would not join any political party at the moment, praised Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, saying, “Himanta Biswa has brought significant development and prosperity to Assam since he became the Chief Minister. He further said that he would work tirelessly for the development of his constituency.
Other Congressmen (who decided to leave the party) pledged to support Siddique and destroy the Congress in Karimganj district.
Huzaif-ur-Rehman, president of North Narainpur Gram Panchayat of Hailakandi district, was present in the meeting. He said he and several other Congress members had resigned from the party “to protest the party’s decision to suspend Siddique.”
A section of people familiar with the political developments in Karimganj claimed that Siddique could try to join the BJP. Siddique’s singing of praises to Chief Minister Haminta Biswa (during a meeting at his residence on Sunday evening) may have been a sign of his interest in affiliation with the Saffron Party.
However, Krishnendu Pal, a BJP MLA from Patharkandi Assembly constituency in Karimganj district, told East Mojo on Monday that the BJP would “never” include anyone like Siddique in the party. “Political leaders like Siddique have no place in the BJP. The people of Barak Valley know all about him, what he has done in the past as MLA and Minister (when there was a Congress government in Assam). He is unlikely to join the BJP, “said Krishnendu .