Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s technique to forge an alliance with Pirzada Abbasuddin Siddiqui, the scion of the Siddiqui household, the custodian of the well-known Furfura Sharif shrine in Bengal’s Hooghly district, won’t yield electoral dividend in the approaching polls, distinguished Muslim clerics, imams and political consultants have stated.
Accused by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), Congress and the Left events of serving to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by splitting Muslim votes in the perviously held Uttar Pradesh and Bihar meeting polls, the AIMIM, a number of Muslim clerics and imams instructed HT, won’t be accepted by voters in Bengal.
Siddiqullah Chowdhury, a minister in the TMC authorities and president of the Jamiat Ulema – e –Hind’s state department has additionally declared that Owaisi has no place in Bengal politics.
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The response from heads of the minority group in opposition to the AIMIM’s entry into Bengal is important as a result of all political events are conscious that it not doable to come to energy solely with the assist of Hindu voters.
Bengal’s Muslim inhabitants stood at 27.01% in the course of the 2011 census and is projected to have elevated to round 30% now. Among the districts the place the Muslim inhabitants is considerably excessive are Murshidabad (66.28%), Malda (51.27%), North Dinajpur (49.92%), South 24 Parganas (35.57%), and Birbhum (37.06%). There is numerous Muslim voters in East and West Burdwan districts, North 24 Parganas and Nadia as properly.
The BJP, which has been accusing chief minister Mamata Banerjee of appeasing the minority group for years, has stated that AIMIM is an unbiased social gathering and might contest anyplace.
According to surveys finished by the TMC and the BJP, a swing in Muslim votes can affect poll outcomes in as many as 120 meeting seats. Union house minister Amit Shah has introduced that his social gathering will oust the Mamata Banerjee authorities by profitable over 200 of the state’s 294 seats whereas Banerjee’s election strategist Prashant Kishor just lately tweeted that he’ll hand over his job if the BJP’s tally crosses 99.
Making his first noticeable transfer to emerge as a risk to the TMC in the polls due in just a few months, Owaisi, on Sunday, met Abbas Siddiqui, who has emerged as a critic of the ruling social gathering in latest months. Siddiqui has even talked about his plans to launch a broad political platform with Hindu Dalits and tribal communities for contesting the polls. Owaisi stated on Sunday that Siddiqui will resolve how AIMIM will contest.
The Furfura Sharif shrine is without doubt one of the hottest pilgrimage olaces in Bengal. It is constructed across the mausoleum of Pir Abu Bakr Siddiqui. It additionally has a mosque constructed in 1375. Furfura Sharif attracts thousands and thousands in the course of the Urs pageant and the annual honest devoted to the Pir.
The West Bengal Imams’ Association has reacted to Owaisi’s plans, saying there is no such thing as a place for communal politics in Bengal. Of about 40,000 mosques in Bengal, clerics from no less than 26,000 are members of the affiliation.
“Whether Hindus or Muslims, people in the state have only one identity. They are all Bengalis. On one hand, Bengalis are being branded as ghuspetiya (infiltrators in Hindi) by the BJP while on the other, some leaders from Hyderabad and Gujarat are coming to Bengal to divide the population on communal lines. This will not be accepted,” stated Md Yahiya, chairman of the imams’ affiliation.
In April final yr, Yahiya made information by writing to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, accusing him of “trying to disturb the communal harmony from a constitutional position” and looking for the retraction of his remarks on the Nizamuddin markaz in Delhi in a letter to the chief minister.
In a big improvement, different members of the Siddiqui household, together with Pirzada Toha Siddiqui, probably the most distinguished among the many elders whose assist helped the CPI(M) and TMC in the previous, has made it clear that he won’t assist any transfer that may assist the BJP. “Hindus comprise 70% of the state’s population. If they wanted, the BJP could have come to power long ago. We will not do anything to let our Hindu brothers down,” he stated after Owaisi met Abbas Siddiqui at Furfura Sharif.
On Thursday night, Pirzada Jiauddin Siddiqui, one other scion of the household instructed HT that Furfura Sharif can’t be dragged into politics. “Neither Pir Abu Bakr Siddiqui nor any of our ancestors joined politics. This is a religious place and so shall it be. What Abbas is doing is entirely his business,” he stated.
Maulana Md Shafique Qasmi, the imam of Nakhoda Masjid, stated no social gathering can profit by propagating the politics of faith.
“I am a religious man. I don’t know what happened in politics before my birth but today people of Bengal do not accept communalism. No political party, whichever it may be, can benefit from it,” he stated.
Built a century in the past as a duplicate of the mausoleum of emperor Akbar in Agra, the Nakhoda Masjid is the most important and most vital mosque in Kolkata.
Kolkata-based political science professor and election analyst Udayan Bandopadhyay stated a tie-up with Abbas Siddiqui may help Owaisi in only some pockets of Bengal.
“Siddiqui’s influence is limited to some parts of Malda, North Dinajpur and South 24 Parganas. Unless the imams support him, Owaisi won’t benefit much. However, even if they manage to get only 1% of the Muslim votes it will be substantial,” Bandopadhyay stated.