MIM senior leader and ex-corporator Khaja Bilal Ahmed, along with his supporters, formally joined the Congress party on Tuesday.
Bilal, who resigned from MIM last week, came to Gandhi Bhavan in a bike rally. He was received by Greater Hyderabad Minorities Department chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, TPCC Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin and other leaders. Later, he was formally inducted into the Congress party by TPCC President Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy at a function held in Prakasam Hall in the presence of AICC Secretary (Telangana Incharge) R.C. Khuntia, ex-PCC President V. Hanumantha Rao, Leader of Opposition in Council Shabbir Ali, ex-union minister Sarve Satyanarayana and other senior leaders.
Speaking on the occasion, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, would form the next government both at the Centre and in Telangana State. He said that the Congress party would always ensure security and welfare of minorities. He accused the TRS Government of neglecting Old City and asked as to why Metro Rail works were not started in the Old City despite completion of 40 months in power. He said that the entry of Khaja Bilal and other leaders would strengthen the party further. Reacting to reports
R.C. Khuntia, in his speech, alleged that the MIM was helping BJP win elections through polarisation and division of secular votes. He said only Congress party could ensure secularism and therefore, people from various walks of lives were joining the party.
Other eminent personalities including Prof. Siddhant Kumar Chowdhary, Anna Gloria Chowdhary (former principal of Narayana Group of Institutions), M. Sagar Chowdhary and Sham Sunder Gupta also joined the Congress party today.