Pampering radical Islamist elements has been the Trinamool Congress’s strategy in Bengal. A TMC leader calls upon Muslims in the country to unite to create four Pakistans within Bharat
- Arghya Jyoti Ganguly, Kolkata
Senior TMC leader Sheikh Alam has called upon Muslims in the country to unite against Hindus
Making anti-India or ‘Break India’ comments seem to have become the hallmark of opposition parties. Congress and Trinamool Congress seem to be in love with Pakistan more than the nation they belong to. Not just Pakistan but any anti-India country or organisation seems to be their favourite intellectual bed partner.
Recently, while addressing an election rally in Basa Para, Nanoor in Birbhum, Sheikh Alam, a Trinamool leader, said, “We (Muslims) as a minority community constitute 30 per cent while they (Hindus) form 70 per cent. If the 30 per cent from all over India unite, four Pakistans can be formed. Where will this 70 per cent population go after that?”
This wasn't the only instance of Pakistan rendezvous but in the last State elections in 2016 we saw the same sort of spark from a heavyweight TMC leader. Just hours before the fifth phase of voting in the last Assembly election, Minister Firhad Hakim had declared the Garden Reach area as “mini Pakistan”. The West Bengal Urban Development Minister told the Pakistani news reporter Maleeha Hamid Siddiqui from the Dawn, “Please come along and let us take you to mini-Pakistan in Kolkata.” When Firad Hakim was asked about the comment, he was atrociously blatant. He said, “If PM Modi can visit Pakistan four times, how does it matter if one Firhad Hakim gives a ‘mini-Pakistan’ statement?” One wonders the level of intelligence in TMC.
In November 2017, during Class X Board, maps were distributed in Geography paper that showed a portion of Kashmir as part of Pakistan and a portion of Arunachal Pradesh as part of China. The map's watermark shows ‘WBBSC’ which is the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education run by West Bengal Government under TMC rule. It shows mentality of TMC which is trying to imprint the minds of our future voters against its own nation!
In the run-up to the general election in 2019, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had questioned the “timing of the Pulwama terror attack”. She asked whether the Government wanted to go to war when the Lok Sabha elections were round the corner. She said, "I have a doubt. How they (Pakistan) have got this encouragement when the elections are round the corner? I don’t know....why after Parliament is over. I am in doubt.... why have we taken any action against Pakistan in the last five years.” She accused Indian establishments instead of Pakistan, “It is a planted game of the RSS, VHP and the BJP. We will resist attempts to take political advantage of the situation."
In 2014, a Pakistani citizen was nominated by TMC in the Rajya Sabha, courtesy West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Ahmed Hassan, aka Imran, is in fact a Pakistani citizen, since he entered India from East Pakistan before the birth of Bangladesh
Trinamool Congress in March 2019, after the Balakot air strikes, accused BJP ministers of "leaking exaggerated numbers" to the media about the casualties in Pakistan. Mamata Banerjee-led TMC also claimed that no statistics given by the Central Government can be taken "seriously".
In 2014, a Pakistani citizen was nominated by TMC in the Rajya Sabha, courtesy West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Ahmed Hassan, aka Imran, is in fact a Pakistani citizen, since he entered India from East Pakistan before the birth of Bangladesh.
Assam Police report from the Special Branch states that, “Hassan, infiltrated into Assam long before the birth of Bangladesh and as such, is an East Pakistani. His father too infiltrated, but took up a job in a tea garden in West Bengal, where he was killed by freedom fighters from Bangladesh who came across the border. His visits to Assam from West Bengal were monitored and he was found to be closely linked with several organisations close to Pakistan's ISI.”
Thus when NIA arrests half-a-dozen jihadis from Pakistan-sponsored Al-Qaeda terror module in Murshidabad in West Bengal in September 2020, one cannot help but wonder if the affinity between TMC and Pakistan is real or just intellectual. Incidentally those others arrested from Eranakulam, Kerala were migrant workers originally residents of West Bengal.
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s Aroon Shah in January 2021 slammed TMC MP Nusrat Jahan’s statements attempting to create a communal divide in poll-bound Bengal. He said, “I strongly condemn the statements passed by TMC MP Nusrat Jahan. She said, ‘Muslims would be in danger if BJP comes to power. She should choose her words carefully because under the TMC rule, we have seen Kalia Chowk, Pathuria, Dhulagarh riots, and the issues being faced under her own constituency Basirhat.”