Owaisi to Address Mega Rally in Kolkata in January, As AIMIM Eyes Assembly Polls

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Asaduddin Owaisi. — File photo

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KOLKATA — In a bid to reach out to the Muslim community of the West Bengal, ahead of the 2021 assembly polls, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, is set to organise a mega rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in January next year.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi will be addressing a mega, a party leader said.

The party has sought permission from the authorities to organise the rally in the second week of January, state president of the AIMIM Zameerul Hasan said.

“We have already sent a letter to the authorities seeking a suitable date in the second week of January for the rally. Asaduddin Owaisi will be the main speaker,” he said. After the rally, the Hyderabad MP’s brother, Akbaruddin Owaisi, and other senior leaders of the AIMIM would tour different districts of the state to strengthen the party’s organisation, he informed, reports PTI.

Few days back, in an obvious attack on the AIMIM, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had warned the people of the state against “minority extremism,” creating a war of words between chief minister and Owaisi.

Owaisi was quick to hit back, saying Muslims in the state are ranked “worst” on development indicators.

The AIMIM has been working in the state for a year-and-a-half and plans to contest the next assembly elections, Owaisi recently has said.

The political landscape of the state may go for a change with the AIMIM deciding to contest the assembly polls, signalling the advent of a new player in a hugely polarised arena where Banerjee’s TMC holds sway over Muslim votes.

(With inputs from PTI)

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