Abbas Siddiqui, an influential Islamic cleric in Bengal has planned to contest the Assembly election in 2021. He has launched Indian Secular Front (ISF) in January ’21. He is a prominent Islamic preacher from Furfura Sharif, whose video in which he was seen appealing to the crowd to pray to Allah to send a deadly virus in Bharat which will kill 50 crores Bharatiya had gone viral on social media.
In the video which was recorded live on February 23rd, 2020 he had said, “Allah Amar Bharat borshe emon kathin ekta virus dig, ei bharat borshe jano, 10-20-50 koti log more jaye (I pray to Allah that he sends such a deadly virus in India which kills up to 50 crore people)“.
In spite of all this, the Congress Party is looking at making a grand alliance with ISF as was evident from Congress leader Abdul Mannan’s letter to Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi.
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Opposition Congress leader Abdul Mannan has written a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi seeking permission from her to share seats with Abbas Siddiqui, founder of the Indian Secular Front (ISF) in the upcoming Assembly elections. In the letter, Mannan mentioned that the Congress minority vote was reduced in the last Lok Sabha polls.
In this context, Mannan referred to Murshidabad, Malda, and North Dinajpur districts. He has pointed out in his letter that Congress Party in West Bengal has been drawing the support of minority votes for many years but the last Lok Sabha election showed a different picture while adding that the minority vote has shifted from the Party.
Mannan’s letter also brings home the fact that Congress is lagging behind in every Muslim-dominated Assembly segment like the district of Murshidabad where the Muslim population is not less than 70%. The picture is the same in Malda. Congress has completely been uprooted in all Muslim dominated segments of the district of Uttar Dinajpur.
In his letter to Sonia Gandhi Mannan said, he has already started an “unofficial dialogue” with ISF and WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury has visited Siddiqui of Furfura Sharif shrine.
“The addition of ISF in the Left-Congress alliance may be a game-changer in the ensuing assembly elections … I have started an unofficial dialogue with the ISF and the PCC President visited Siddiqui’s place recently. He has discussed the issue with me and is seeking my help because of my personal relationship with Pirzada Siddiqui’s family for decades,” Mannan said.
It must be mentioned here that it has come to light that Md Salim, CPI-M Politburo member has also started discussions with Siddiqui.
“He (Siddiqui) is popular for his oratory skills among Muslims as well as dalits and tribals,” Mannan said adding “lakhs of people gather at his meetings in minority, tribal and dalit areas”.
Out of the 30% Muslim population in Bengal, the percentage of Bengali speaking Muslim is 90%, which had been the traditional vote bank of the Congress party. ISF is a threat to all “secular parties” as it wants to target the Muslims, Dalits, tribals, and all the underprivileged sections of the society.
Mannan is waiting for the consent of the Congress high command to make a grand alliance in Bengal with ISF officially.
This letter is proof of how Congress is ready to ally with rabid Islamists like Siddiqui who had wished ill for Bharat. Greed for power appears to be the only guiding principle of the Congress party that has been promoting minority appeasement for several decades at the cost of the Hindu majority.
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