TMC minister terms part of Kolkata port 'mini Pak', angers BJP

Kolkata, Apr 30: BJP has alleged that a state minister and Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim has described a part of Kolkata port area as "mini Pakistan" in an interview to Pakistan daily 'Dawn' and demanded an explanation, even as Hakim denied having made such comment.

"How can a minister say such things? We demand an explanation from both Mr Firhad Hakim and also Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee," BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said.

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When contacted Hakim told PTI he never made such comment.

"The Pakistani journalist came along with a journalist of a local Bengali daily. She only asked me that this place looks like Karachi of Pakistan.

I did not make any comment. She spoke to me about my election campaign. I answered those questions. That's all," he said.

According to an article in Dawn, a journalist of the newspaper who was in Kolkata few days back, spoke to Hakim during his campaign trail in Muslim-dominated Kolkata port area and it was during this interview that he termed the part of Kolkata port area as "Mini Pakistan".



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