Furfura cleric Sharif Abbas Siddiqui’s new Indian Secular Front (ISF) said on Tuesday that his party would not oppose AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls.
“Asad Sahab came to Bengal. He came to our darbar sharif. We told him that we are with him. I believe that the votes in the 2021 Assembly elections should not be divided and therefore wherever the party Asad Sahab will run, we shouldn’t run any candidates. It is important to support him. Talks are continuing across the table, “Siddiqui told ANI.
Asked about Mr. Owaisi’s phone call asking Mr. Siddiqui to attend the first public meeting of the first in Bengal on February 25, he said: “I got a call about this, but we have a scheduled program, that’s why I can’t participate. We welcome Asad Sahab to Bengal. “
“Discussions are ongoing between us and the left, but things still need to be finalized,” Siddiqui added.
During his first visit to Bengal after the announcement of the contesting of the West Bengal Assembly ballot, Mr. Owaisi had a discussion in Futura Sharif in the Hooghly district with Abbas Siddiqui.
Since February 16, two series of meetings have taken place between Congress, the left and the ISF.
Earlier, the head of the West Bengal Congress Committee on Pradesh, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said the final decision on the division of seats between Congress and the Left Front for the West Bengal Assembly elections no ‘had not yet been taken, with both parties wishing to give “ space’ ‘to other parties interested in this alliance.
Notably, parties like the Secular Indian Front, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will be part of the left-Congress alliance for the Bengal polls, Chowdhury said.
Prior to the ISF’s emergence into the alliance, the Congress Party and the Left Front held two rounds of meetings and finalized a seat-sharing deal for 193 of the 294 total seats in the upcoming elections to the ‘Assembly.
Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are expected to take place in April-May this year.
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