Rita to face her aide in poll test

Once regarded as an aide of state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi,34-year-old Suraiya Siddique is all set to give her nightmares as she has shifted her loyalities to a new ‘didi’ — Trinmool Congress president Mamata Banerjee.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published:February 3, 2012 2:46 am

Once regarded as an aide of state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi,34-year-old Suraiya Siddique is all set to give her nightmares as she has shifted her loyalities to a new ‘didi’ — Trinmool Congress president Mamata Banerjee.

The Trinamool has decided to field Suraiya against her old ‘didi’ Joshi from Lucknow Cant.

Suraiya is the third Congress leader in one week to accept the Trinamool offer of contesting the election as its candidate,but her action has hurt the party most becuase it was Joshi who had personally chosen her for the post of the general secretary of Mahila Congress in the state.

Explaining her decision,Suraiya said: “The atmosphere in the Congress has become suffocating,especially for old partymen. Leaders like Rita Bahuguna Joshi,whom all of us called didi,cheated us. She used us and then left us nowhere. She did not fight for us and when we tried to raise our issues,she served us notice for anti-party activity.”

Suraiya said now she hoped to overthrow Joshi with the help of her new didi. “Mamatadidi has the spirit of sacrifice,while Joshi cannot keep her organisation intact,” said Suraiya,who comes from Bahraich district and was a student leader when she studied at Pram Hans College in Kaiserganj.

She joined the Congress in 1997 and became part of the Mahila Congress when Rita Bahuguna Joshi was national president of the Mahila Congress. In the recently formed committee,she was made general secretary and given charge of Farrukhabad and Kannauj districts.

Speaking about the battle ahead,Suraiya said: “I am ready,I will go house to house to tell people that Joshi failed to run her organisation and cannot manage the constituency or the state.’’ She is hopeful that Mamatadidi would campaign for her.

Sources in the Congress,meanwhile,said while Suraiya would never win,she could inflict a blow to the party’s Muslim vote bank,and maybe the votes of the Bengali community.

Other Congress leaders who have shifted their loyalities to the Trinamool are VM Singh,a farmer leader from Pilibhit,and Baldeo Chaudhary in Mohanlalganj.

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