The BJP MP from Unnao on Wednesday took a dig at Assaduddin Owaisi said that he had helped BJP in the Bihar assembly elections and would also help in the polls in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Asking about Owaisi’s presence in Uttar Pradesh, Sakshi Maharaj told the reporters that may god give him strength. He helped BJP in Bihar and will help in Uttar Pradesh and later in West Bengal too. The assembly election in West Bengal is due in April-May this year while Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls in 2022.
Hyderabad MP Assaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslemin has often been referred to as the B-team of the BJP since it helps in polarising votes on religious lines. However, Owaisi has strongly shown antipathy towards the tag and has denied having helped BJP with his brand of politics as he did in Bihar denying support BJP during the formation of Bihar government.
The BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj is not the first who claimed that Owiasi’s presence in elections helps the BJP but many leaders of so called secular parties including Congress have often mocked him as the vote cutter and B-team of BJP. While the AIMIM chief has denied claims in every occasion that he has no deal with the BJP.
Last year, Owaisi had contested Bihar polls, which was said to have cut into the Muslim votes that go to the opposition, leading to the NDA’s victory. His party won five seats in the Muslim-dominated Seemanchal region – a large figures given that the NDA won just 15 more seats than the Rashtriya Janata Dal led Mahagathbandhan. After the elections, the Congress and Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal had called him the B-team of BJP. The AIMIM contested 24 seats in the Bihar assembly election and won five.
In December, Owaisi had announced his party’s intention to contest the next state elections in Uttar Pradesh as part of a front-led by former BJP ally Om Prakash Rajbhar. The West Bengal has 27 per cent Muslim population which considered to the vote bank of Mamata Banerji’s Trinmool Congress, facing challenge from the BJP in the state elections due in four months.
Earlier the AIMIM chief had said he is yet to decide whether he would contest solo in the state or form an alliance with another political party. Last month during his first visit to Bengal, Owaisi met Abbas Siddiqui Siddiqui to discuss the possibility of an alliance and accused the Trinamool Congress of failing to stop the BJP’s surge in the state.