JALPAIGURI: West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday popped them BJP for trying to import Asaduddin Owaisi‘s TARGET in Bengal to sharpen communal polarization and to divide the Hindu-Muslim voices among themselves.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslims (AIMIM) has announced that it will take part in next year’s elections in Bengal following its good performance in the polls of the Bihar Assembly.
In the recently completed Elections in BiharAIMIM won five seats in the Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region on the border with West Bengal.
“To divide the Muslim votes, the BJP is spending millions of rupees to bring in a party from Hyderabad. The plan is for the BJP to get Hindu votes and this Hyderabad party to get Muslim votes.
“They did the same thing in the recent elections in Bihar. This party is a BJP B-team,” said Banerjee, speaking at a rally.
Political parties in West Bengal are concerned that political equations in the locally polarized state will undergo significant changes as swaying from non-BJP parties over minorities, a key multi-seat factor, appears to be facing a major challenge with AIMIM, according to the announcement that it will campaign in Bengal.
The 30 percent Muslim population was a determining factor for nearly 100 to 110 seats in the state until 2019 and acted as the bulwark of the TMC against its rivals, most of whom vote for the party and see it as a “credible” force able to withstand the saffron wave.
Part of the TMC leadership is concerned that with the advent of AIMIM, the equations are likely to change.
The elections for the 294-member assembly in West Bengal are planned for April to May next year.