West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee addresses during party workers meeting in Cooch Behar. (Photo Credit: PTI Photo)
For the first time ever, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee took a sharp swipe at Asaduddin Owaisi over communal extremism. Though her attack was largely related to the ruling BJP, however, for the first time, she took the ‘Hyderabad’ route. Addressing an event, Banerjee said that, “BJP has a bomb. Their house is in Hyderabad. They come here and say, we'll give you protection. Don't fall into this trap, my minority brothers.” Without taking Owaisi or his party’s name, Banerjee said that, “they come here, hold meetings and say that we will give you protection from communal politics. Don't fall into their trap, my friends. My Hindu friends, don't listen to communal politics. Who says we don't worship God? We go to temples, we offer prayers to Durga, Kaali, Sheetla, Laxmi, Ganesh.”
“Extremism is coming out among the minorities, just as there are extremists among the Hindus. There is a political party and they are taking money from the BJP, they are from Hyderabad, not from West Bengal,” she further said. Hitting back, Owaisi said that, “Mamata Banerjee has duped the minority of the promised development. She is baffled because my party will contest the elections in Bengal. According to the latest figure sof the human index, the Muslims in Bengal have worst ranking in the country. Banerjee is creating false impression and pushing them to the brink in name of extremism.” Owaisi also took to Twitter and reacted on the news. “It’s not religious extremism to say that Bengal’s Muslims have one of the worst human development indicators of any minority. If Didi is worried about a bunch of us “from Hyderabad” then she should tell us how BJP won 18/42 LS seats from Bengal,” Owaisi said on micro-blogging site.