TMC MLA in soup for ‘comparing Kolkata area to mini-Pak’

In an interview to Dawn’s Maleeha Hamid Siddiqui, Hakim was quoted as saying, “Please come along and let us take you to mini-Pakistan in Kolkata.”

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 1, 2016 3:03 am
Minister Firhad Hakim at Assembly on Wednesday. Express Photo by Partha Paul. Kolkata. 27.05.15 Trinamool Congress Minister Firhad Hakim. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

West Bengal Minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Firhad Hakim, popularly known as Bobby Hakim, found himself in the eye of a storm after an interview in Pakistani daily Dawn quoted him as calling Kolkata’s Garden Reach area “mini-Pakistan”. The article was titled ‘Canvassing in mini-Pakistan of Kolkata’.

In an interview to Dawn’s Maleeha Hamid Siddiqui, Hakim was quoted as saying, “Please come along and let us take you to mini-Pakistan in Kolkata.” He was referring to Garden Reach area which falls in his constituency, where Siddiqui was following him on the campaign trail.

 

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On Saturday, addressing the media at a polling booth in Chetla — the colony where Hakim lives with his family — he said, “This is a ploy to create communal tension. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone to Pakistan three-four times. That is okay. But if I, as a Muslim, say anything, then it is not okay. Why so? I am as much a son of the soil as Narendra Modi. This is nothing but discrimination.”

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He also denied calling Garden Reach mini-Pakistan. “I never said that. I deny it. It’s just that a journalist from Pakistan had come along with me and she happened to find that the area reminded her of Pakistan, that’s all. If someone were to say that Kolkata is like London, then would there be this reaction? What is this reaction for, I ask you,” he said.

The Dawn article went viral hours before the fifth phase of the West Bengal polls, in which Kolkata Port — the constituency where Hakim is MLA from — also voted.

Hakim was one of the 11 TMC leaders shown purportedly accepting cash in a sting operation carried out by Narada News.

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  1. Arun Kumar Gupta
    Mar 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm
    Bihari Muslims settled in and around Kolkata and in Dhanbad are actually entered India from Bangladesh in the 1980's . In Bangladesh they were known as Rajakars and worked for stani Military during Bangladesh Liberation struggle in 1971 war. When Bangladesh became a reality, these people wanted to go to stan but were not allowed. Then gradually these people steadily ill filtrated in to India and settled in and around Calcutta. Bobby Hakim's Parents also infiltrated like that. 80% of the hawkers in Calcutta are from this clan including fruit sellers.
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      Chandrakant Mohan
      May 1, 2016 at 10:23 am
      "The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or MULTIPLYING WITHIN."( Will Durant, The Story of Civilization )
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        Chandrakant Mohan
        May 1, 2016 at 10:08 am
        The stani journalist know well that 96 % of the Muslims in India had voted for their 'Islamic republic of stan' in the crucial 1946 General Elections. No Muslim had voted for hi Nehru's secular' congress and the congress did not win a single Muslim seat in that election. In 1947 the Muslims,in collusion with hi,Nehru and the Congress fooled and betra the disorganized Hindus by refusing to migrate to their stan and remained here only to appropriate the remaining India for Islam by multiplication like rats and subterfuge.
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          Abdul Aziz
          May 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm
          Trash talk of BJP / RSS to say "Go to stan " "send to stan" is highly offensive and Insulting to Indian Citizens.
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            harun
            May 1, 2016 at 6:43 am
            The jerk should be debarred from contesting and be expelled from India ito stan
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