Amid controversy over late Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s alleged links with the Teesta Setalvad case, his daughter on Saturday said the veteran’s name “still carries weight” after his death. Mumtaz Patel accused those who did so of using her father for a ‘political conspiracy’. Mumtaz also asked why her father was not questioned by the authorities on these claims.
Let us tell you that in the 2002 Gujarat riots case, the SIT has claimed in the affidavit that Ahmed Patel had given 30 lakh rupees to social activist Teesta Setalvad to topple the then BJP government.
Amid the allegations leveled against the late Ahmed Patel, Mumtaz Patel hit back saying that her father’s name still carries weight. Hence her father’s name is being used for political gains. If the allegations are true, why was Teesta Setalvad not made a Rajya Sabha MP in the UPA government? She also asked that why did this government not get such a big conspiracy investigated till 2020?
Mumtaz further wrote that for eight years the Modi government is leading the country with full majority and today everything is going wrong in our country. You guys are still blaming Congress. The one who blames others can never rise. In a conversation with a news channel, she said that since elections are coming, all this had to happen. There is a BJP government at the Center in the last eight years, so why is all this being raised now?
Late veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel always kept his children away from politics. His son Faizal Patel is a businessman while daughter Mumtaz Patel is leading a domestic life after marriage. Mumtaz is married to a businessman Irfan Siddiqui. Recently, the Enforcement Directorate team raided the house and offices of Irfan Siddiqui. The Enforcement Directorate had taken this action against Irfan in connection with a fraud case involving a Gujarat-based pharmaceutical firm and Sterling Biotech. In the money laundering case against Irfan, the Enforcement Directorate had recorded the statement in Delhi.