Pirzada of Furfura Sharif Abbas Siddiqui announces party for Bengal polls
Pirzada of Furfura Sharif Abbas Siddiqui on Thursday (January 21) announced a new political party ‘Indian Secular Front’ that will contest for the upcoming assembly polls. His brother Nausad Siddiqui will be the chairman of the party while Simul Soren was named its president.
Abbas Siddiqui said, “We have announced our party today. We will now sit for talks with other parties like AIMIM and then decide on how many seats we will field candidates. At present, we are considering all 294 seats.”
The new party's goals are lofty. It includes upliftment of backward masses, Muslims, Tribals and Dalits.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi met Abbas Siddiqui on January 3. Mr Owaisi wants his party to contest the Bengal elections.
After meeting with Asaduddin Owaisi, Abbas Siddiqui announced to launch his own party and fight in the upcoming Bengal polls.
One of the descendants of the late Pir Abu Baqar Siddiqui of Furfura Sharif, Abbas Siddiqui said that he wants to be a king maker and will not contest polls.
According to political experts, Abbas Siddiqui’s party may emerge as an important factor in division of Bengali speaking Muslim votes which, so far, was with TMC in South Bengal and with Congress in parts of North Bengal.