The supremo of Trinamool Congress (TMC) now has been asked to criticise Modi to prove her secularism. Accusing BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate of being an "opportunist", prominent Kolkata cleric Maulana Barkati on Tuesday, March 18 asked Mamata to be more critical of Modi in order to prove her secular credentials.
The Imam of Kolkata's Tipu Sultan Mosque, Maulana Barkati, said, "We know she is secular but If Mamata Banerjee wants to prove her secular credentials, she should be more aggressive and critical about Modi. Rahul Gandhi has been critical of Modi, we want Mamata Banerjee also to come out openly in criticising Modi."
The cleric's comment comes at a time when all political parties are aggressively trying to woo Muslims for their 28% minority votes, which is a deciding factor for 28-30 seats of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Barkati lashed out at Modi for seeking the votes of the Muslim community. "Why is he asking for the votes of Muslims, when he has a problem in wearing the Muslim cap. He should be ashamed about asking for our votes. He is an opportunist," he charged.
(With agency inputs)