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JD(U) leader Shoaib Iqbal joins Congress

Janata Dal(U) leader and five- time MLA Shoaib Iqbal on Thursday joined Congress vowing to fight ‘communal forces’ and prevent the ‘division of Muslim votes’ ahead of forthcoming Delhi assembly elections.

Iqbal, who was an MLA from Matia Mahal, joined the party along with his son Mohammad Iqbal and nephew Khurram Iqbal, both councillors, in presence of AICC General Secretary in-charge for Delhi Shakeel Ahmed and DPCC Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely.

Congress leaders said that Iqbal’s coming will strengthen the party and downplayed a host of questions regarding the Matia Mahal MLA frequently changing parties.

Ahmed said that the decision to induct the MLA into Congress was taken after a meeting with Rahul Gandhi and that his coming will strengthen not only Delhi Congress but also send a message in the country that ‘such well-known’ leaders are joining Congress and expressing faith in its philosophy.
Iqbal said that it was not his fault that he changed parties as they kept splitting.

Iqbal, who had contested his first assembly election in 1993 on a Janata Dal ticket, successfully fought the assembly elections in 2013 on JD(U) ticket.
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