As exclusively reported by Janta Ka Reporter on Wednesday, the expelled BSP stalwart, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, on Thursday formally joined the Congress in presence of senior party functionaries.
The announcement on Siddiqui’s induction the party was made at a press conference by All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad and Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar.
Speaking to reporters, Azad said, “The Congress Party will rise once again as the strongest party in the country. Today, I heartily welcome all the members to the Congress Party.”
Those joining the Congress are Prominent among them are former BSP stalwart and MLC Naseemuddin Siddiqui, former MP Salim Ansari, former MLA Farhat Hasan alias Haji Shabban, former MLC Athar Khan, former MLC OP Singh, Liaqat Ali, Achche Lal Nishad, Begum Husna Siddiqui and at least half a dozen of ex MLAs.
Siddiqui was expelled from the BSP last year in May after Mayawati’s party, the BSP, faced a humiliating defeat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Siddiqui had later released a series of explosive audios of Mayawati alleging that the BSP supremo had pressurised him to extort money from the election candidates.
At a crowded press conference, an angry Siddiqui had claimed that he had enough material to cause an “earthquake”.