New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Assaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday hit back at TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee after she asked the minorities of West Bengal to be cautious of the Hyderabad MP. “By making allegations against me you are giving the message to Muslims of Bengal that Owaisi’s party has become a formidable force in the state. Mamata Banerjee is showcasing her fear and frustration by making such comments”, said the Hyderbad MP.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Owaisi stated that 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.”  The AIMIM chief was referring to the Lok Sabha eletions 2019 wherein BJP bagged 18 seats of the total 42 from West Bengal. The TMC had won 21 seats in the LS polls this year.

“It’s not religious extremism to say that Bengal’s Muslims have one of the worst human development indicators of any minority”, Owaisi added.

Earlier the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched a veiled attack on Owaisi, asking the minorities of her state to be cautious of the Hyderabad MP. “Extremism is coming out among the minorities, just as there are extremists among the Hindus. They have their base in Hyderabad. Don’t listen to them”, she told her party workers in Cooch Behar.

Furthermore she claimed that the Hyderabad MP takes money from BJP and promises minorities in Bengal that he will provide them security. “There is a political party and they are taking money from the BJP, they are from Hyderabad, not from West Bengal. I appeal to the minority brothers not to get caught in their trap”, the TMC leader added.

Thought the Chief Minister did not name the AIMIM leader but the presumption could be made that she was talking about Owaisi as she stressed on Hyderabad MP.

Mamata’s attack on the Hyderabad MP comes days after posters of AIMIM emerged Coochbehar district of West Bengal, which had a large picture of Owaisi . “Wait now finished, Mission West Bengal”, the poster read.

Last week, BJP’s Asansol MP Babul Supriyo had likened AIMIM chief to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.  “Owaisi is a second Zakir Naik. If he speaks a lot, there is law and order in our country. We’ll see when he says something,” the singer-turned-politician had said after Owaisi rejected the SC’s verdict on Ayodhya.