Shoaib Iqbal To Join Cong To Check Division Of Muslim Votes
Five-time MLA and JD(U) leader Shoaib Iqbal will join the Congress today. Iqbal has said his move is aimed at preventing the erosion of Muslim votes in Delhi ahead of upcoming Assembly polls. The Congress chose not to comment on the matter, but sources said that the Matia Mahal MLA had decided to join the party after meeting its vice-president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi.
SHOAIB IQBAL TO JOIN CONG TO CHECK DIVISION OF MUSLIM VOTES
Iqbal said that he will join Congress with his son Allay Mohammad Iqbal and nephew Khurram Iqbal, both councillors. Iqbal, who had contested his first Assembly elections in 1993 on a Janata Dal ticket, successfully fought Assembly elections in 2013. He alleged that since AAP has come into being, minority votes have been divided following which “communal forces” have benefited.
In the December 2013 Delhi assembly elections, the AAP won 28 seats in the 70-member house and formed the government with the outside support of the Congress that had won eight seats. Iqbal and an Independent had then extended support to the AAP in the assembly.