A new political party was born on Thursday in Calcutta and will join the fight to get a portion of the 294-seat cake in the West Bengal assembly in the next election.
The name of the party: Indian Secular Front or ISF. Its main patron Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui, a preacher turned 34-year-old politician. It belongs to the family associated with Furfura Sharif in the Hooghly district, one of the most sacred masars in the country, second only to Ajmer Sharif.
The goals of the new party are high: to raise backward masses: Muslims, tribals and Dalits. But his birth is motivated by disaffection with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and could split his so-called polling station in Bengal.
“When Mamata came to power, she said she would give jobs and education and a 15% reserve. We believed her and I told my supporters. Let’s go back Mamata and my supporters voted for her. But now it looks like she didn’t. instead, it created a division between Hindus and Muslims. So I thought we should not depend on others to do what is necessary. We form our own party, “Abbas Siddiqui said.
La Pirzada staged a coup earlier this month. The head of the all-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Asaduddin Owaisi, flew to Calcutta in a somewhat secretive manner on January 3 and met him at Furfura Sharif.
Owaisi wants his party to contest the Bengal elections. He had stated this after AIMIM’s gains in Bihar. He told Mr Siddiqui that he was willing to fight in this state under his leadership.
Both voters mocked Trinamool Congress. “Many come to help BJP in Bengal, but nothing will make a difference. Whether it’s MIM or anyone else, everyone knows they are BJP voting katuas. They are insignificant,” Trinamool minister said. firhad Hakim.
“They will have no impact in Bengal, where no one votes on communal lines,” he added.
BJP head of state Dilip Ghosh felt different.
“Why does Trinamool believe that the Muslim vote is its monopoly?” He said. “Bengali Muslims are the most backward. This is the finding of the Sachchar Committee, not mine. If someone wants to form a party, in a democracy, they have a right. But if someone thinks they own a community, that is wrong. “If they want to party in development, that’s fine.”
It’s not like Abbas Siddique has no luggage. His uncle, Toha Siddique, who is a major pirate of Furfura Sharif, is known to support Mamata Banerjee. The nephew’s decision to form a party of his own to rival his own is a cause for friction. Sources also claim that Abbas would have stayed with Mamata Banerjee if Trinamool had granted him 40 seats to present his own candidates.
But his match has already arrived. The initial plan is to form a front with like-minded parties and fight all Bengal seats in which 30% of voters are Muslim. La Pirzada has left a mark among large sections of them as a preacher. In fact, many consider it to be a social media phenomenon. But can you push the votes forward?
No doubt this issue will hang from the upcoming elections in what is called the Pir Impact poll in Bengal. He has not hidden his ambition. In his first appearance in his political avatar, Pirzada has stated that he wants to be king.