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Mayawati Announces First Candidate For UP 2022 Elections, Drops Mukhtar Ansari, Says BSP Will Not Field ‘Bahubalis and Mafia’

Mukhtar Ansari, accused of the murder of former BJP MLA, is currently lodged in a UP jail.

File photograph of Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to deny ticket to its sitting MLA and gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in 2022.

Mayawati tweeted her party’s decision Friday morning, claiming that BSP will try not to nominate ‘mafia’ and people with criminal antecedents.

Ansari contested the last assembly polls on the BSP ticket from Mau which comes under in Azamgarh commissionerate in East UP. He won his seat by a comfortable margin.

Ansari’s elder brother Afzal Ansari is a BSP Lok Sabha member from Ghazipur. He won the election in 2019 defeating BJP candidate and current Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.

Mukhtar Ansari, accused of the murder of former BJP MLA, is currently lodged in a UP jail.

Mayawati declared that the Mau seat will now be contested by BSP state president Bhim Rajbhar.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently hit out at the opposition parties for having fielded ‘mafia’ candidates in both assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

In an effort to live up to the expectations of the people, Mayawati appealed to the party in-charges to take special care while selecting the party candidates. “So that if the government is formed, strict action should be taken against such elements. Let there be no problem,” she wrote.

In an exclusive interview to India Ahead, the UP CM had pointed at the links of the other political parties in the state with mafia and gangsters.

Responding to the question of entry of bulldozer in UP politics, Adityanath said, “People first began raising slogans but did not understand… Didn’t SP, BSP and Congress have links to mafia Mukhtar Ansari? They cannot deny it.”

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