West Bengal’s AIMIM chief SK Abdul Kalam joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with several other party members, ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Joining the TMC at its headquarters in Kolkata, Kalam said that there has been an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in West Bengal for several years and that he switched sides to keep “poisonous air” at bay.
Kolkata: AIMIM West Bengal Acting Head SK Abdul Kalam joins the Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with several other AIMIM members, ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. pic.twitter.com/yWrlNtvN64
– ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2021
“We have seen that West Bengal used to be an oasis of peace.
But lately, the air has become poisonous and needs to be fixed.
That is why I decided to join the Trinamool Congress, “he told reporters.
The AIMIM leader and his supporters joined the TMC in the presence of party leader and minister of state Chandrima Bhattacharya.
Kalam said that AIMIM should have tried to enter West Bengal in the past and seeking political entry at this time would not be appropriate.
“It will lead to unnecessary vote cuts, which is not desired at all,” he added.
“I have traveled to districts such as Bankura, Murshidabad, Coochbehar and Malda and spoke with the people there.
Everyone said that this poisonous air must be kept at bay.
You need to join the Trinamool Congress, “Kalam said.
In November, AIMIM’s key leader in the state, Anwar Pasha, along with some of his colleagues joined the Trinamool Congress, claiming that the Hyderabad-based party was only acting as a vote polarizer to help the BJP.
Owaisi visited the state last Sunday and met with prominent Muslim leader Abbas Siddiqui, who held discussions on the political scene and the assembly elections, which his party announced it will fight, undeterred by the defections.
A deciding factor in nearly 100-110 seats in the state, Muslims have acted as a bulwark for the TMC against rivals until the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
However, prominent Muslim leaders in the state have claimed that the equations are likely to change with the entry of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).
West Bengal’s 294-member assembly elections are likely to take place between April and May.
(With PTI inputs)
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