Muslim BJP candidate withdraws Kolkata society poll after threats
A Muslim woman who, according to people in her community in the Kolkata port area, is mentally deficient, has withdrawn her candidacy in the Kolkata corporation elections, which will be held on December 19.
Besides Mumtaj Ali, Sadananda Prasad, the candidate from the neighboring district also withdrew his candidacy. The BJP claimed the duo had been threatened by locals for being candidates for the Saffron Party.
Mumtaj, who moved from Congress to the BJP in 2017, admitted she had been threatened by some people, including members of her family, but claimed she did not gain support from her party. “Tell me, if I’m threatened, shouldn’t I get help from my party?” The BJP didn’t support me during my hour of crisis, ”Mumtaj told LA WEEK.
The port of Kolkata is largely a non-Bengali area and dominated by Muslims. Mumtaj said she would have stood firm if the BJP had offered her a ticket to Ward number 133, where Prasad received a ticket.
Expressing her dissatisfaction with the BJP, she said she sent her CV to the BJP state office via WhatsApp, saying she only wanted to participate from Ward number 133. She said she wanted to participate. go from there because as a congressman she had worked in the area for a long time. The region is 70 percent Muslim and 30 percent Hindu.
“The roads were terribly bad and there is a lack of water in the neighborhood. I could have bet on the anti-office. But Ward 134 is heavily dominated by Muslims, around 90%. I had no chance of winning as a BJP candidate. In the previous elections, in district number 134, the TMC candidate received 97 percent of the vote, ”Mumtaj said.
She said her problems increased after joining the BJP.
“My friends and my mother-in-law treated me badly because I was in the BJP. I used to call local media people at my house and praise Modi ji and Yogi ji. You know how Yogi ji is treated in our community. My family members mistreated me and the neighbors used to call me crazy and mentally retarded.
She said that despite these difficulties, she continued to support the BJP because she felt the TMC rule was “harmful and disastrous” for the people of Bengal.
“My respect for the party (the BJP) waned when I went to apply. No party colleague accompanied me. I went alone to apply. Also on the day of the check, I went there alone. I called my supporters, but they refused to join me. I waited until evening and withdrew my application.
West Bengal BJP co-leader Amit Malviya is in town handling the elections. Many candidates have complained to him that they cannot campaign because they are threatened by the TMC leadership. However, Malviya, sources said, asked them to approach the police and even come to court, much to the candidates’ surprise.
The other two state officials of the party, Kailash Vijayvargiya and Arvind Menon, are not present in West Bengal. While Vijayvargiya has ignored party meetings held in the state, Menon is busy with the Uttar Pradesh elections.