Launching a veiled attack, Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has shockingly accused one particular Hyderabad-based party of being “extremists” from the “minority community” and “taking money from the BJP.” The West Bengal Chief Mamata made the remark at a public gathering. The comment is being seen as a cloaked reference to Assaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, even though the West Bengal Chief Minister did not name Owaisi or his party directly.
"There is a political party.. just like there are some extremists in Hindus, same with minorities. They take money from BJP. They stay in Hyderabad. They don't stay here,” Mamata Banerjee said. Mamata Banerjee further appealed to the minorities to “not fall in the trap” of the party that promises “protection." “They come here and say I'll give you protection. Don't fall into this trap, my minority brothers. Just like my Hindu brothers don't bow your heads in front of Hindu extremism," Mamata Banerjee added.
The AIMIM is yet to take a position on the comment made by Mamata Banerjee. At the time of publishing, the TMC is also yet to clarify on the comment made by the Chief Minister. The comment was made in Cooch Behar by Mamata Banerjee. The Lok Sabha constituency of Cooch Behar was held by the All India Forward Bloc between 1977 and 2014. In the 16th Lok Saba election in 2014, the TMC swung the seat. In the 2019 general election, when West Bengal saw a saffron surge, the seat went the BJP way.
Last week, on November 16, BJP's Babul Supriyo had stirred a controversy by equating AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to Zakir Naik. The Union Minister's shocking remark was in response to Owaisi's disapproval towards the Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case. Speaking to ANI, Supriyo likened the Hyderabad Parliamentarian to the controversial Islamic hate speaker, whose extradition the government has been persistently pursuing from Malaysia.
"Owaisi is a second Zakir Naik. If he speaks a lot, there is law and order in our country. We'll see when he says something," BJP's Supriyo said in retaliation to AIMIM chief's stand on Ayodhya land dispute verdict.
Owaisi had earlier said his party was not in favour of the top court’s decision on the Ayodhya case. “... I speak for my party, we do not want this 'khairat' (donation or charity). Our fight was for a legal right, for a Babri Masjid. Our fight was not for, to get this piece of land...," he told reporter post the verdict. He was asked a question about the comments of some Muslim leaders that the five-acre land allotted should be given within the 67 acres acquired by the government.