NEW: Reacting sharply to Mamata Banerjee’s “minority extremism” remark, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday claimed the West Bengal CM was indulging in what he called “soft Hindutva” and “dog whistle politics”.
“Mamata Banerjee has no right to point fingers at me as she was herself once in the NDA and supported Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” Owaisi told TOI, adding, “Is fighting an election religious extremism? In a democracy, fighting an election is my way of countering and fighting extremism.”
The AIMIM chief further said, “What she is doing is nothing sort of soft Hindutva and dog whistle politics. What is her party’s stand on Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid? Why did TMC walk out on triple talaq bill when I asked for a division in the House?”
Earlier in the day, Owaisi had said on Twitter, “Power has made Mamata Banerjee and her party TMC arrogant. Despite Muslims voting for TMC, BJP won 18 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. So, which extremism won? Perhaps, she should do an introspection.”
He went on to add, “It’s not religious extremism to say that Bengal’s Muslims have one of the worst human development indicators of any minority. If Didi is worried about a bunch of us ‘from Hyderabad’, then she should tell us how BJP won 18/42 LS seats from Bengal.”
In another tweet, he said, “What is extremism? Extremism is when you don’t empower Muslims, give them their rightful share, education and reservations, don’t allow a political leadership to emerge. Mamta Banerjee is practising this extremism.”
He said Banerjee should be more concerned about poor social development indicators of Muslims in her state. “Her comments demean Muslims who wholeheartedly voted for her and exposes the fact that her party is losing ground in Bengal,” he said.

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