Ahead of the much-anticipated West Bengal Assembly poll slated for next year, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi warmed up to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Owaisi has proposed a pre-election pact with Trinamool, saying his party will help the ruling TMC defeat the Bharatiya Janata party in next year’s state assembly elections.
After winning five seats in the recently concluded Assembly elections of Bihar, a US-trained lawyer and deputy for Hyderabad for four terms, Owaisi has announced that his party will run in the next Assembly election of Bengal.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s statement comes at a time when Mamata Banerjee has openly criticized AIMIM as a “stranger” who “will harass and terrorize people”. She also urged the people of the state to “resist foreigners”.
On the other hand, just a few days ago, Owaisi said that the social and economic condition of Muslims living in Bengal was “worse than in many parts of the country,” adding that the community was almost alienated under the government. from Banerjee.
“I have empirical evidence to prove it. And I also have statistics to say it, ”he said. The Muslim All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul party has so far not contested any election in West Bengal.
AIMIM seeks to focus on the minority dominated districts of Murshidabad, North Dinajpur and Malda in West Bengal.
In the 2016 West Bengal Assembly polls, the Congress-CPM alliance won 34 of 76 seats in those districts.
Owaisi’s party has come under scathing attacks from several quarters since the publication of the Bihar poll results.
Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had called AIMIM a BJP B team whose goal is to divide Muslim votes and harm other “secular parties”.
However, he was quick to add that West Bengal rejects the politics of polarization and communalism since independence.
PMO and Congress held a two-hour meeting on Tuesday evening to work out its strategy as news of AIMIM’s challenge in the West Bengal polls emerged.
Both sides plan to organize awareness programs to gain confidence in leaders and prominent figures of the minority community.