A senior Congress chief in western Uttar Pradesh is seemingly altering camp, with lower than a month to go for the state elections. There was hypothesis for weeks now that Imran Masood — one of many tallest leaders of the social gathering within the space — will probably be becoming a member of the Samajwadi Occasion.
Requested concerning the buzz, Mr Masood admitted that he has referred to as a digital assembly of his supporters tomorrow. However he mentioned the best way ahead can solely be determined solely after a dialogue with them.
However he additionally pointedly added that the “predominant contest in Uttar Pradesh is between the Samajwadi Occasion and the BJP”.
Mr Masood gained the 2007 meeting elections as an Unbiased, contested the 2012 polls on Congress ticket and misplaced and joined the Samajwadi Occasion in 2013.
The subsequent 12 months, he was again within the Congress fold and contested the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Saharanpur. However he misplaced each elections.
Mr Masood, nonetheless, does have a sizeable group of supporters in his space, particularly from the Muslim group who comprise a 42 per cent of the inhabitants.
In 2014, Mr Masood was arrested and jailed for an alleged hate speech made throughout an election marketing campaign the place he purportedly threatened to “chop Narendra Modi to items”. He later instructed wantpassport that he had by no means threatened to kill Mr Modi. “I meant that I’d train him a lesson,” he mentioned.
Imran Masood is the nephew of five-time Congress Lok Sabha MP from Saharanpur Rashid Masood, who died in 2020.
Rashid Masood was additionally nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Congress 4 occasions.