All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Imraan Masood, said the only party that can stop the BJP juggernaut in the state is the Samajwadi Party (SP), setting off buzz about his switchover.
Masood a former MLA from Muzaffarabad constituency of Saharanpur said, “SP is the only party that can defeat BJP in UP.”
When TOI asked his plans, he said, “Politics is all about permutations and combinations. And, possibilities are numerous. There is nothing wrong about it (joining the other party)…”
AICC secretary Imran Masood, has lost several recent elections by a whisker, said if he had been associated with “SP or BSP, my victory would have been 100% certain. Now my supporters are also becoming restless. They are saying enough is enough”.
Since 2007 Masood never won any elections, it was his first and last win.
Even though he dismissed the questions about his future plans and said that he was still a Congressman, Members of SP felt that his entry would boost the party’s prospects in the pockets western Uttar Pradesh.
Rajpal Yadav, a senior party leader and former minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government told TOI, “The Masood family has always had close ties with Samajwadi Party leaders. Imran Masood’s uncle and his mentor Rasheed Masood were close to both Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav. So, if Masood joins SP, it will not be a surprise because Congress has lost its base. I think it will be a homecoming for Imran.”
(Inputs from TOI)