Mukhtar Ansari: Dreaded mafia joins Samajwadi Party with kins
Lucknow: A fresh dispute has ignited within the Samajwadi Party after gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s party Quami Ekta Dal (QED) on Tuesday merged with the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh.
According to highly placed sources, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was quite unhappy with the decision of his party and he was apparently powerless to stop the merger from taking place, anyway.
http:www.newztrack.com brings its readers some information about Ansari, who has been well known for his criminal activities.
Mukhtar Ansari: The dreaded Mafiosi
Ansari is a popular gangster-turned-politico hailing from Ghazipur district of UP. He was four times elected as a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Mau constituency.
Ansari won his first two Assembly elections as a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the next two as an independent candidate. He joined BSP in 2007 and contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election, unsuccessfully.
He was, however, expelled from BSP in 2010 for his criminal activities and formed his own party – QED – with his brothers.
Ansari as an MLA:
Ansari targeted the Muslim vote-bank to ensure his victory in the election while his opponents tried to woo the Hindu voters, who were divided on caste lines. The blend of crime, politics and religion led to several instances of communal disturbance in his region. After one such riot, Ansari was detained on the charge of inciting people towards violence.
While Ansari was lodged behind the bars, Krishnanand Rai, who was MLA from Mohammadabad Assembly seat, was shot dead in public along with six of his aides on November 29, 2005. The attackers fired over 400 bullets from six AK-47 rifles. 67 bullets were recovered from their bodies.
Moreover, Shashikant Rai, who was an important witness in Krishnanand murder case, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in 2006.
- Ansari is the key accused in the Krishnanand Rai murder case among other crimes.
- BSP allowed Ansari and his brothers in the party after they claimed that they were falsely framed in criminal cases for fighting against the ‘feudal system’.
- Ansari along with two other persons was charge-sheeted for the murder of Kapil Dev Singh in April 2009.
- After being sacked from BSP and rejected by other political parties, the Ansari brothers (Mukhtar, Afzal and Sibkatillah) formed their own political party – QED – in 2010.
- QED has two MLAs - Mukhtar Ansari and Sigbatullaha Ansari from Mau Sadar and Mohammadabad Yusufpur seat, respectively.
- Mukhtar is currently in jail.