‘Want to be kingmaker’: More headache for Mamata as Furfura Sharif cleric Abbas Siddiqui floats party

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Abbas Siddiqui stated his party ISF will possible contest on all 294 seats in West Bengal Assembly elections.

For West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, tackling the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) within the run up to the Assembly elections was already proving to be a frightening process. Mamata’s challenges are sure to improve manifold with influential cleric of Furfura Sharif Dargah in Hooghly district floating his personal party. 

Abbas Siddiqui on Thursday floated a brand new political outfit – Indian Secular Front (ISF) – forward of the upcoming meeting polls. Siddiqui or Pirzada of Furfura Sharif, as he’s famously identified, stated his party is probably going to discipline candidates on all 294 Assembly seats within the state.

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Siddiqui made his ambitions clear, saying he needs to be the ‘kingmaker’ in Bengal. 

“We have formed this party to ensure that constitutional democracy is protected, everybody gets social justice and all of us live with dignity,” Siddiqui stated after asserting the launch of his party at Kolkata Press Club.

“It is the duty of Mamata Banerjee as the chief minister of the state to take everybody along to stop the march of the BJP, not mine,” he stated responding to a query whether or not his outfit will strive to forge an alliance with Mamata’s TMC. 

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The ISF’s entry simply months earlier than the Bengal Assembly elections is for certain  to cut up the minority votes. The TMC was already beneath stress following AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s announcement to contest the state polls.

Meanwhile, Owaisi has voiced his assist for the ISF. 

“Every election, columns are dedicated to analyse Muslim voters, but not others. This author has argued elsewhere that TMC’s ground is slipping. Where’s the consistency? If I’m not relevant then why discuss? We’ll contest elections and let people decide. We stand by Furfura Sharief,” the AIMIM chief stated in his tweet. 

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