Mamata says BJP is bringing support from Hyderabad to cut Muslim votes

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged that the BJP is “spending crores of rupees to bring in a party from Hyderabad to divide Muslim votes”, in an obvious hint to Assaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM).

The AIMIM, after its good performance in the Bihar assembly polls, has reported to contest in next year’s Bengal polls.

In the recent Bihar elections, the AIMIM won five seats in the Muslims dominated Seemanchal region on the border of West Bengal.

The BJP is spending crores of rupees to bring in a party from Hyderabad and divide the Muslim support. The plan is that BJP will eye onto Hindu votes, and this Hyderabad party will do the same on Muslim votes.

“In recent Bihar elections, they did the same thing. This party is a B-team of the BJP,” CM Mamata Banerjee said while addressing a rally in Bengal.

The political parties in West Bengal are afraid that political equations in the communally polarised state is all set to witness some important changes as the dominance of non-BJP parties over minorities. It appears to be set for a stiff challenge with AIMIM announcing that it will enter the poll action in West Bengal.

Kiran Mondal

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