Shahid Siddiqui - Political Career

Political Career

Mr. Siddiqui began his political career with the Indian National Congress and was the head of its Minority Cell from 1997-99. He subsequently joined the Samajwadi party and was its National General Secretary from 2002 to 2008 and its Rajya Sabha member till he quit the Samajwadi party on July 19, 2008 and joined its arch-rival, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). He was expelled from the BSP on 14 December 2009 for speaking out against its leader, Mayawati. He joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal on 12 April 2010. He cited his support for the RLD chief, Ajit Singh's demand for the creation of the state of Harit Pradesh as the reason for his joining the RLD. Prior to the Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly election, 2012, Siddiqui resigned from the RLD in protest against its alliance with the Congress party and returned to the Samajwadi party.

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