Suraj Singh resigns from Congress following selection of Youth Congress President

Resigning from the Congress party, youth leader Suraj Singh Thakur has put the final nail in the coffin of a long rivalry. Thakur gave the nomination of an “apolitical and inexperienced” Zeeshan Siddiqui as president of the Mumbai Youth Congress the reason for his resignation.

While Zeeshan Siddiqui, son of former minister Baba Siddiqui was named president, Thakur was made incumbent president, which he did not like.

“The recent decision has disappointed me greatly and I am completely uncomfortable working with the apolitical and inexperienced person in the key congressional organization,” Thakur said in his resignation letter.

“I hope you understand the dismay of a normal Karyakarta who feels neglected as the best shooters are taken into account, who have less experience in the organization than me,” Thakur alleged later in his letter. .

Calling himself a “foot soldier” of the party, Thakur further said that being from a middle-class family background and growing up in the slums, he worked very hard for the party.

Thakur has been in Congress since 2007, when he was a member of the NSUI during his college days.

Thakur–Siddiqui rivalry

The rivalry between Suraj Singh Thakur and Siddiqui is nothing new. In June this year, 27-year-old Zeeshan wrote a letter to the Congress high command complaining about Congress leader Bhai Jagtap.

He alleged that Jagtap was biased towards him and repeatedly gave preference to Suraj Singh Thakur over him. He further accused Jagtap of not following protocol at public functions and backed party workers who worked against him in the 2019 assembly elections.

Speaking with the media about Zeeshan’s accusations, Jagtap said, “Zeeshan is only 27 years old and I gave the party 40 years, so Zeeshan shouldn’t be teaching party protocols.” There are numerous instances where Zeeshan intentionally violated party protocol.

“Regarding the support for Suraj Singh Thakur, I will continue to support him as he is a key worker in Congress and works on the ground. I will try to resolve the party issue only in the party forum,” had firmly Jagtap said in support of Thakur.

Among other controversies, the MP for Bandra (East) of Zeeshan-Congress recently had a row with the state transport minister and Shiv Sena leader, Anil Parab, for not inviting him to the inauguration of a vaccination center in Bandra.