Ahmedabad. Congress has made 32-year-old Shahzad Khan Pathan as Leader of Opposition of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. However, 11 councilors have resigned from the party due to its opposition. Congress has issued a notice of indiscipline against him and has sought his reply in 7 days.
The reason behind the councilors’ protest is said to be Pathan’s inexperience, treating women rudely and meeting All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on September 2021. According to the news published in the Indian Express, Pathan had said that their meeting was just a courtesy call.
background of pathan
Pathan won the councilor’s election for the first time in 2010 from Danilmida ward. The special thing was that this seat was a stronghold of BJP since 1995. This is his third term. Three cases have been registered against Pathan, which were mainly related to protests. Due to this, on December 19, 2020, he remained in Sabarmati Central Jail for 55 days.
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He was arrested on charges of rioting and attempt to murder in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Pathan, who has a Diploma in Business Management from Australia’s Sarina Russo School, has played the role of Youth Congress President, Gujarat Pradesh Youth Congress General Secretary and Youth Congress National Secretary over the past decade.
Why did Congress choose Pathan?
The previous Muslim Leader of Opposition of the Congress was Badruddin Sheikh (2010-15). Sheikh died in 2020 due to Kovid. Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi says that Pathan was chosen by the party because he is young and has the ability to take the party’s ideology forward. The convict said that Pathan is a “progressive Muslim” and that is why he has been elected. He said that our focus will be on justice for all the city residents.
Pathans are known for their unique opposition
Pathan is known for his unique protest, in 2017 he threw garbage in front of the mayor’s office while protesting against the lack of cleanliness and sanitation in his ward. Similarly, in 2016 too, he sat on a sit-in outside the Mayor’s office to solve the problems of his ward.
Similarly, a couple got married in the South Zone Ward office of AMC in protest against raising the pending demand of a community hall in their ward. And he led a procession of young children to demand a public library in his constituency.
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