Firhad Hakim, Kolkata Mayor sparks row by his call to spread the religion among not born into Islam

Bengal. Photo courtesy: Firhad Hakim Facebook page

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Kolkata/IBNS-CMEDIA: Kolkata Mayor and West Bengal top Minister Firhad Hakim has sparked a row by giving a call to spread Islam to the “unfortunate” people, who are not born into the religion.

Hakim reportedly said this at an event which took place at an event in Kolkata’s Dhano Dhanyo Auditorium on July 3.

In a viral video, Hakim, a senior leader of Mamata Banerjee‘s Trinamool Congress, was heard saying, “People who were not born into Islam are unfortunate. We have to spread Islam to them.”

“Thousands of Islamic people sitting together with skullcaps show our unity,” said Kolkata’s first Mayor from the Islam community, leading others on the dais to chant “Inshallah, inshallah”.

Slamming TMC for the “appeasement politics”, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT Cell head Amit Malviya posted on X, “The TMC’s penchant for extreme appeasement politics in West Bengal is an open secret. The party’s relentless appeasement politics has paid off, as evident from the successive electoral victories and subsequent post poll violence, which have emboldened the TMC, making it more audacious and haughty than ever. The brazen act of publicly flogging a woman by TMC’s JCB in a manner akin to Sharia Court punishment and the reprehensible defense by TMC’s Chopra MLA, Hamidur Rahman, asserting such actions are typical in a ‘Muslim Rashtra,’ have already incited a political maelstrom and bears the testament to the TMC’s ‘underlying agenda’.

“Now, TMC heavyweight and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim openly acknowledged this ‘underlying agenda’, by brazenly advocating the conversion of ‘ill-fated non-Muslims’ to Islam to ostensibly please ‘Allah’. These flagrant incidents portend an ominous future, where the TMC’s policy of appeasement will intensify, heralding a day not far off when West Bengal is wholly converted into a ‘Muslim Rashtra’ under ‘Didi’s Anuprerona (inspiration).’”