AIMIM chief Assaduddin Owaisi satisfied an influential Muslim cleric Abbas Siddiqui below on Sunday to discuss chance of an alliance for the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls and accused the ruling TMC of failing to quit the BJP’s surge in the condition. Chatting to reporters right after a two-hour assembly with Siddiqui at Furfara Sharif in Hooghly district, Owaisi refrained from launching any tirade from the saffron get together.
This was Owaisi’s 1st go to to West Bengal subsequent his announcement that his bash would contest elections in the state with a energy pursuing its stupendous effectiveness in the assembly polls in neighbouring Bihar. Owaisi, all through his whirlwind five-hour-lengthy tour of Bengal, rejected TrinamooL Congress claim that his celebration was a “B-group of the BJP”, and would take in into anti-saffron camp votes.
“We are a political bash, we will establish our presence and combat the elections (in West Bengal),” the Hyderabad MP, who heads All India Majli-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), explained. Later on, though chatting to a news channel, he said his get together was nevertheless to come to a decision if it would contest the Bengal elections on its individual or forge an alliance with one more outfit.
Nonetheless, the AIMIM main pressured that he has the guidance of “Peerzada” Siddiqui of Furfura Sharif — a considerably-revered shrine in Bengal’s Hooghly district. Rubbishing the TMC’s assert that the AIMIM served the BJP-led NDA acquire the Bihar assembly elections, he reported the TMC need to very first go for a self-introspection.
AIMIM won 5 seats in the Muslims dominated Seemanchal area in Bihar in the the latest elections to the disadvantage of RJD-headed Grand Alliance which together with the Congress was confident of successful Muslims vote. In the close, loss of even a handful of sureshot seats prompted the Grand Alliance dearly as it missed the opportunity to sort its authorities in Bihar with a scaled-down margin.
“The TMC really should introspect and obtain out what worked in BJP’s favour throughout Lok Sabha elections. The occasion should analyse why its customers are leaving,” Owaisi mentioned. BJP experienced received 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal in 2019 general elections, only 4 considerably less than the TMC’s tally of 22.
Considering that then the saffron camp is generating all initiatives to dethrone Mamata Banerjee by winning the point out elections only months away from now. Questioned about the concerns that he would highlight in the course of his election strategies in Bengal, Owaisi said “underdevelopment and political empowerment of weaker sections” would be his party’s two major poll planks.
Earlier, Owaisi experienced made a decision to keep a digital conference with Siddiqui, but he altered his thoughts at the eleventh hour and flew down to Bengal to check out him. “Owaisi needed to hold the conference a top secret as we were apprehensive that the TMC govt would quit him from exiting the airport. From Kolkata airport, he went straight to Hooghly to meet up with Abbas Siddiqui,” AIMIM point out secretary Zameerul Hassan claimed.
According to Hassan, Owaisi would much more generally go to Bengal as element of poll preparations and campaign. Siddiqui, a pirzada (religious chief) from Furfura Sharif, has been talking out from the condition governing administration around a host of challenges, of late.
In accordance to the resources, he is setting up to float a minority outfit of his have. Owaisi mentioned a possible seat-sharing deal with Siddiqui, sources mentioned.
The AIMIM chief’s visit to Furfura Sharif, nevertheless, evoked sharp reactions from the ruling TMC. “The AIMIM is nothing at all but a proxy of the BJP. Owaisi is perfectly mindful that Muslims listed here are largely Bengali-speaking, and is not going to support him. He is trying to forge ties with Abbas Siddiqui, but that will never generate any end result.
“Muslims in Bengal stand firmly with Mamata Banerjee,” senior TMC leader and celebration MP Sougata Roy asserted. Congress MP and leader Pradip Bhattacharya, accused the Owaisi-led bash of remaining a “communal power deputed by BJP” to act as “vote splitter” in the polls.
The BJP, for whom the division of Muslims votes is important to profitable the elections, denied the charge of AIMIM getting its B-staff. “We don’t need a B-group or a C-workforce to get Bengal. We will acquire the state assembly polls on our power by bagging far more than 200 seats,” BJP leader Rahul Sinha claimed.
A choosing component in almost 100-110 seats in the condition, minorities largely Muslims have acted as a bulwark of the TMC from its rivals till 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The political events in West Bengal are apprehensive that political equations in the polarised point out are established to witness considerable alterations as the sway of non-BJP events above minorities appears established for a rigid obstacle with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) entry, notable Muslim leaders in the state claimed.
In accordance to a senior leader in the Hyderabad-primarily based bash, Owaisi has witnessed in West Bengal a fertile ground for his growth designs, as Muslims constitute all over 30 for each cent of the state’s populace. Of the 30 for each cent, on the other hand, at the very least 24 per cent are Bengali-talking Muslims.
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly are very likely to be held in April-Might.