Asaduddin Owaisi counterattacked Mamata Banerjee subsequent to the West Bengal chief minister's cryptic accusation citing the AIMIM chief to be an 'extremist.' In retaliation to the TMC supremo's remark, Owaisi further questioned her of a saffron surge in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. In a tweet, Hyderabad MP claimed that it is "not religious extremism" to point out that the Muslim community in the state has one of the "worst human development indicators."
"It’s not religious extremism to say that Bengal’s Muslims have one of the worst human development indicators of any minority. If Didi is worried about a bunch of us “from Hyderabad” then she should tell us how BJP won 18/42 LS seats from Bengal," Owaisi said in a tweet. [sic]
"We have faith in this institution (Parliament) and constitution. We are fighting for justice and if Mamata finds this extremism, I can't say anything. She let BJP win over 18 seats. The Muslims in Bengal have the least performance in all indicators. There won't be any gains by visiting dargahs," Asaduddin Owaisi told news agency ANI.
Mamata Banerjee has stunningly accused a 'Hyderabad-based' party of being “extremists” from the “minority community” and “taking money from the BJP.” This was seen as a veiled reference to Assaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, even though the West Bengal Chief Minister left the remark unnamed.
"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 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.