Mamata faces Furfura Sharif’s ire

Quasem Siddiqui and Ibrahim Siddiqui addressing media at the Furfura Sharif shrine. Quasem Siddiqui and Ibrahim Siddiqui addressing media at the Furfura Sharif shrine.

Furfura Sharif pirzada Ibrahim Siddiqui and Quasem Siddiqui Friday launched a blistering attack on the Mamata Banerjee government, claiming it has betrayed Muslims. The sharp comments come in the backdrop of the attack on a group of Muslim clerics of Furfura Sharif last month at Bhavnagar in South 24-Parganas.

“Mamata Banerjee has betrayed Muslims. The attack on the religious meet is unprecedented. She claims to have completed over 90 per cent of what she had assured, but claims are all unfounded. There is no security for the common masses,” Ibrahim Siddiqui said and added that post polls, they would go to meet the President and will conduct a rally in Kolkata to protest the incident. “We are religious leaders. It is not our concern who people vote for, but this time we are compelled to tell people not to vote for the TMC,” he said.

Ibrahim Siddiqui said they had spoken against the irregularities in the government, irrespective of which party was in power. “When Mamata was a CM aspirant, she had come to Furfura Sharif on several occasions to seek their blessings. After she assumed power, she has forgotten us.”

Others present at the press conference were former IPS officers Nazrul Islam and Dipak Ghosh, who is also an ex-MLA of the TMC, people who had been victims of state atrocities such as Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, Shiladitta Chowdhury who got a Maoist tag at Belpahari, and Pradeep Mukherjee, the headmaster of a primary school at Kamduni in North 24-Parganas, who had attracted a lot of ire for protesting the rape and murder of a 20-year-old college student.

Islam said that in order to attack the ruling party, they will have to choose a democratic process and for that Muslims, along with members of other backward classes in the area must unite. Mahapatra said that even the polling officers were not safe in the state. “We need to get together to protest these atrocities,” he said.

Mukherjee said that Bengal tops the list in crimes against women and the CM was unfazed. “On top of that, she is assuring the offenders by ensuring that no action is taken against them,” he said. He added that if none of the political parties were fit enough, one could always hit the NOTA button. “We must press the NOTA button if need or else people will cast votes in their favour,” he said.

“Mamata had failed on a number of fronts and now she is afraid she might not get even 30 out of the 42 seats,” Ghosh added.