Kolkata: The 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.
- Remark reportedly made while campaigning in the Muslim-dominated area
- Demand an explanation from both the minister and CM Mamata Banerjee: BJP
- Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim denies making any such statement
Though, Mr Hakim has 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.
The minister denied he had made the 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 Mr 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".