To form a Muslim and Dalit ‘Maha Jot’ in Bengal, rebel CPM leader Abdur Razzak Mollah — who was recently expelled from the party — held a meeting with 38 minority and Dalit organisations in the state.
Mollah, who held the meeting at the office of his newly formed Social Justice Party, requested the parties to form a “Maha Jot” and fight against the Left and the ruling TMC.
When contacted, Mollah said: “I’am trying to form a “Mahajot” for the Muslim and the Dalits. The votes should not be fragmented among parties, but it should come to one alliance which will work for the minorities and the Dalits.”
“The Lok Sabha polls will be a preliminary before the 2016 Assembly polls. At present, it appears that all the organisations would agree for seat sharing if not on a political alliance,” Mollah said.
The 38 minority organisations include 13 political parties of minorities and the Dalits, and 25 social organisations. The minority parties include, Welfare Party of India (WPI), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Bahujan Mukti Party, Muslim League, Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind, Mulniwasi Mukti Front, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Greater Cooch Behar People’s Association, Bahujan Samaj Party, Nirjatita Samaj Biplabi Party and The Republican Party of India.
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The social organisations include PashimBanga OBC Mancha, West Bengal SC ST OBC Mahamancha, OBC front, All India Santal
Welfare and Cultural Society, The Federation of SC/STand the Minority Forum.
“The parties have principally agreed to fight the Assembly polls together,” said convener of the meeting Faruque Ahmed. He further added that, “the meeting was to bring minorities in Bengal to a common forum.”
Meanwhile, politcal parties like the AIUDF, SDPI, WPI and Samajwadi Jan Parishad have made seat-sharing arrangements to fight the Lok Sabha elections together.