Owaisi Visits West Bengal: Pirjada Abbas Siddiqui Likely to Be AIMIM’s Face in State Election


Asaduddin Owaisi meeting Pirjada Abbas Siddiqui

Of Late, the religious figure from Furfura Sharif has been speaking out against the state government over a host of issues

Zaidul Haque | Clarion India

KOLKATA – AIMIM supremo Assaduddin Owaisi on Sunday arrived at Furfura Sharif in Bengal’s Hooghly district and held discussions on the state’s political scenario and upcoming assembly polls with prominent Muslim religious figure Pirjada Abbas Siddiqui.

This was Owaisi’s first visit to West Bengal following his announcement to contest elections in the state.

Details of talks between Owaisi and the Siddiqui are not available. However, after the meeting, Owaisi held a press conference and declared that in West Bengal AIMIM will work in coordination with Siddiqui. He said his party will abide by all his decisions. Although Owaisi did not say it clearly, Siddiqui is likely to be the face of AIMIM in West Bengal.

“Owaisi wanted to keep the meeting a secret as we were apprehensive that the TMC government would stop him from exiting the airport. From Kolkata airport, he went straight to Hooghly to meet Abbas Siddiqui. He will leave for Hyderabad in the afternoon,” AIMIM state secretary Zameerul Hassan said.

Earlier, Owaisi had decided to hold a virtual meeting with Siddiqui, but he changed his mind at the eleventh hour and flew down to Bengal. Siddiqui is a religious figure from Furfura Sharif. Of late he has been speaking out against the state government over a host of issues.

According to sources, Siddiqui is planning to float a minority outfit of his own. Owaisi, whose party put up a good show during Bihar polls last year — bagging five seats in the region bordering Bengal — might have also held talks with Siddiqui on a possible seat-sharing deal, they said.

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