West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday stated the BJP is “spending crores of rupees to bring in a party from Hyderabad to divide Muslim votes”, in an obvious reference to Assaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM).
The AIMIM, after its good present within the Bihar meeting polls, has introduced to contest in subsequent 12 months’s Bengal polls.
In the not too long ago concluded Bihar elections, the AIMIM received 5 seats within the Muslims dominated Seemanchal area on the border of West Bengal.
“To divide the Muslim votes, the BJP is spending crores of rupees to bring in a party from Hyderabad. The plan is that BJP will eat into Hindu votes, and this Hyderabad party will eat into Muslim votes.
“In current Bihar elections, they did the identical factor. This get together is a B-team of the BJP,” Ms Banerjee said while addressing a rally here.
The political parties in West Bengal are apprehensive that political equations in the communally polarised state is set to witness significant changes as the sway of non-BJP parties over minorities, a key factor in several seats, appears to be set for a stiff challenge with AIMIM announcing that it will enter the poll fray in Bengal.
A deciding factor in nearly 100-110 seats in the state, the 30 percent Muslim population, till 2019, have acted as a bulwark of the TMC against its rivals, with most of them voting in favour of the party, considering it to be a “credible” drive that may resist the saffron surge.
A bit of the TMC management is apprehensive that with the entry of AIMIM, equations are more likely to alter.
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal meeting are due in April-May subsequent 12 months.