Abbas Siddiqui, an influential cleric of Furfura Sharif Dargah in West Bengal's Hooghly district, on Thursday floated a new political outfit ahead of the upcoming assembly polls. The cleric said he said formed India Secular Front to ensure that constitutional democracy is protected, everybody gets social justice. Siddiqui also expressed his desire to be a kingmaker and said that his party might contest state elections from all 294 Assembly seats.
Siddiqui has indicated that his party will be a platform for Muslims, Dalits and Adivasis residing in West Bengal. Once considered a vocal supporter of the Trinamool Congress in the past, Siddiqui has been taking on the state government in the recent past. After holding discussions with Siddiqui in early January, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi announced that his party will fight the Assembly polls in an alliance with the cleric.