Mukhtar Ansari, kin join BSP, to contest on 3 seats
�There are some good people who go on the wrong path because of bad company. The BSP has never had criminal elements but our party gives an opportunity to those who have gone on wrong paths and want to come to the right path,� Mayawati said.
Inducting gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari and his family in Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Party Chief called the serious criminal charges against the jailed MLA “politically motivated” and “unproven”.
She told media that Mukhtar will contest on a BSP ticket from Mau seat, his son Abbas from Ghosi and his eldest brother Sibgatulla from Mohammadabad in the upcoming Assembly polls. Abbas, Sibgatulla and Afzal — former MP and Mukhtar’s brother — stood by her side as she defended Mukhtar who faces 13 criminal cases, including four related to murder.
Mayawati emphasised that her earlier governments had “always ensured no injustice was done to people who were accused of serious criminal offences by their opponents because of their influence in their community”. “Our government also protected such people and gave them importance. One special example is the minority community family of Mukhtar Ansari who, because of their rising influence, were implicated in several cases by their rivals to malign their image,” she said.
Mayawati said Mukhtar and his family have been accused of involvement in the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai in 2005. “But it happened during SP’s rule and a lot of time has passed. There has been a CBI inquiry, but no evidence against them has been found,” she said.
The BSP chief announced that three tickets have been finalised for Mukhtar and his family members. “There are some good people who go on the wrong path because of bad company. The BSP has never had criminal elements but our party gives an opportunity to those who have gone on wrong paths and want to come to the right path,” she said.
Afzal, who is president of Quami Ekta Dal, the party the family formed in 2010 after being ousted from the BSP, said SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav asked him to merge QED with SP after they sought votes of Mukhtar and Sibgatulla in the Rajya Sabha elections last summer.
“I agreed, but the merger was rejected during their feud. The limit of deceit was reached when they refused tickets to our two MLAs (Mukhtar and Sibgatulla). Mulayam Singh himself told me that Akhilesh is anti-minority. Akhilesh insulted us and he will have to suffer its consequences. If Behenji asks me, I will try to expose them before people. One thing has become clear to the minorities, if there is any power that can stop the BJP, it is Mayawati,” he said.