It is official: ‘Don’ Mukhtar to contest on SP ticket
It’s official: Don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s party Quami Ekta Dal (QED) has merged with the ruling Samajwadi Party. What is more, jailed in connection with the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai, Mokhtar Ansari will contest the 2017 Assembly polls as Samajwadi Party candidate.
This was announced by QED president Afzal Ansari in Lucknow after meeting SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and state SP chief Shivpal Yadav. Afzal is the elder brother of Mukhtar Ansari.
Earlier on Thursday, state SP chief Shivpal Yadav had announced that the merger with QED was approved by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh had no problems now.
On June 21, the SP had had announced the merger of QED with itself but then, Mukhtar Ansari was not part of the deal and was not to be an official SP candidate. However, the process was undone largely at the behest of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who stood firm on cleansing his party’s image.
But after this development, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is set to make the merger visible and viable among masses and will henceforth address rallies in Ghazipur and Mau districts of east UP. Both are the stronghold of Ansari brothers and Mukhtar Ansari is presently the Independent MLA from Mau Assembly seat.
Afzal Ansari, said, “I am a new soldier of Samajwadi Party and will work as per the direction of party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.’’
A former SP MP from Ghazipur, Afzal said, “The decision of merger was finalized by both parties several months back. Initially, there were some obstacles but those issues have been sorted out now.’’
On second thoughts, Ansari added, “All and sundry in the Samajwadi Party have supported the merger. You can also ask Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav about the merger and he, too, has accepted it.’’
“We are happy that at last the merger has been actualised. We all have faith and respect for Netaji and Shivpalji. Mukhtar could also contest the Assembly polls on a SP ticket if the party deems fit,’’ said Afzal Ansari.
Meanwhile, expelled ruling Samajwadi Party MLA Abid Raza and his representative Azhar Siddiqui have been accused of kidnapping and extortion. “A farmer from Kutubpur Thara village under Binawar police station area, Nihaluddin has lodged a case against the MLA and his aide,” confirmed SSP, Badaun Sunil Saxena.
The top cop said that the farmer charged the MLA from Badaun Sadar seat of demanding Rs 25 lakh for party fund for getting a fake FIR lodged against his son withdrawn. The legislator has also been charged of threatening the farmer’s family.
After much difficulty, the farmer collected the cash through loans and gave it to the legislator, but the case was not withdrawn. The farmer’s son had to go to jail and was released after bail in December, 2014. When the family demanded the return of the cash, legislator Abid Raza kidnapped them. While releasing the family, the MLA warned them not to inform the police and handed out life threats in case they did.
The family also charged that since the accused was a ruling Party MLA, the local police refused to get a case registered. But after he was expelled in August for anti-party activities, the cops took cognizance and took action.
Saxena said a case was registered at Sadar Kotwali on Friday after the victims produced evidence of the cash being accepted by the legislator and his representative on November 28 last year. The case was registered under Sections 364(A), 323, 504 and 506 (IPC). The SSP said a probe was underway and further action will be taken after verifying the evidences.
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