president Haji Jamal Siddiqui on Monday accused the ruling TMC
of treating Muslims as its vote bank and said minorities were
being misguided by the ruling party on the issue of
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) implementation.
Noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "treated
all sections of the society equally" with the aim of realising
''Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas'', Siddiqui, who was
here to look into the functioning of his party''s minority
morcha in the state, said the TMC dispensation has pursued
"politics of division and not of development".
"Minorities in Bengal have been betrayed for the last
several decades in West Bengal. First, it was Congress, then
the Left Front and then the TMC, all of them have done nothing
for the development of minorities in the state.
"The TMC, for their vested interest, has misled and
misguided the minorities on the issue of CAA," Siddiqui said
at a press conference here.
The new citizenship law emerged as a flashpoint last
year, with the TMC opposing the contentious legislation tooth
and nail, and the BJP pressing for its implementation.
The state had witnessed widespread violent protests
last December over the matter.
"The CAA doesn''t take anyone''s citizenship, it grants
citizenship to refugees. But parties like the TMC have
misguided people on the issue. The minorities now have very
well understood that the TMC, for the last ten years, has used
them as its vote bank. The minorities in the next assembly
polls will reject the TMC, lock, stock and barrel," he said.
Claiming that minorities have been deprived of basic
amenities in the rural areas of Bengal, Siddiqui said people
wanted development from the TMC government, but they got
"betrayal in return".
Reacting to the allegations, senior TMC leader and MP
Sougata Roy said Siddiqui is not aware of ground realities.
"He should visit villages and check the list of
various developmental projects undertaken for minorities to
know what the TMC government has done for them," Roy said.
Minorities, which comprise nearly 30 per cent of the
state''s electorate, are a deciding factor in almost 110 of 294
assembly seats, spread across various districts of the state.