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AIMIM to launch in Bengal, Muslim to split votes: Bengal Election

Swastika Sruti

Ahead assembly election, with the constant conspiracy between the two opposition parties, BJP and TMC a new competitor heads into the state, AIMIM (All India Council for Unity of Muslims).

AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi will host his party's election campaign in poll-bound West Bengal on February 25 with a rally in a minority-dominated Metiabruz area of the city.

According to party sources, the first public meeting of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will take place at the Metiabruz Pink square in the afternoon.

Metiaburuz Assembly constituency in South 24 Parganas district comes under Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha seat, which is represented by Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, a nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

After announcing that his party will contest the West Bengal Assembly polls, Owaisi during his first visit to the state had held a discussion at Futura Sharif in the Hooghly district with Indian Secular Front's (ISF) leader Abbas Siddiqui.

However, the newly formed ISF of Futura Sharif cleric Abbas Siddiqui is discussing with the Left Front-Congress alliance regarding seat sharing.

The AIMIM is yet to announce the number of seats to be contested in the upcoming polls.

With the indulgence of AIMIM in Bengal, TMC slams BJP spending crores to bring the AIMIM into the state. “To divide the Muslim votes, the BJP is spending crores of rupees to bring in a party from Hyderabad. The plan that BJP will eat into Hindu votes, and this Hyderabad party will eat into Muslim votes. In recent Bihar elections they did the same thing”, said Mamta Banerjee in addressing her rally.

AIMIM has already come up with posters and the slogan ''Awaz uthane ka waqt aa chuka hain (time has come to raise your voice)''.

Mr Owaisi had visited West Bengal on January 3 to meet Abbas Siddiqui and had said the ruling TMC should introspect and find out what worked in BJP's favor in the state during the 2019 Lok Sabha election in which it won 18 of the 42 seats.

Prominent Muslim leaders in West Bengal have claimed that the parties are apprehensive that political equations in the polarised state are set to witness significant changes as the sway of non-BJP parties over minorities appears to be set for a stiff challenge with the entry of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen in the poll scene.

According to a senior leader of the Hyderabad-based party, Mr Owaisi has seen in West Bengal a fertile ground for his expansion plans as Muslims constitute around 30 percent of the state's population.

The power fight is getting intense in Bengal, with each party trying to reach the public by highlighting each other’s failure and projecting several assurances to the public. It is to mention that West Bengal is a key state of the AIMIM as the party has stretched its wings in eastern India after bagging 5 seats in Bihar.

The assembly election for 294 seats in West Bengal is slated to take place in April – May. However, the Election Commission is yet to announce the final dates.


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