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UP Elections: Gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari gets BSP ticket

Lucknow, UP Elections 2017: once a great mafia don who had more than 40 criminal cases running, Mukhtar Ansari joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday just ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.  Ansari will contest the UP Election from Mau.

Mukhtar Ansari joined the BSP along with his son Abbas and brother Sibgatullah will be contesting elections from Ghosi and Mohammadabad Gohna respectively. The leader of the Quami Ekta Dal (QED), Mukhtar is currently the MLA from Mau.

Ansari was also the member of BSP earlier. The Quami Ekta Dal (QED) merged with the ruling Samajwadi Party, SP last year, However since the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh was not happy with Mukhtar  Ansari, because of his criminal background, he moved over to BSP this election.

On Ansari joining the BSP, Mayawati said there are bigger goondas in other parties.

Previously when Akhilesh took over as CM of the state and made an alliance with the Congress party, the two sitting MLAs of QED, Mukhtar Ansari and Sibgatullah were denied tickets from SP.

Ansari formed his party QED in 2010. Imprisoned in 2005, he won the previous election despite not being able to campaign for it, The Mukhtar family background is well known political family in UP. His grandfather Dr Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari was national president of the Congress party. They have good influence in more than 20 assembly constituencies in Ghazipur, Mau, Azamgarh, Ballia, and Varanasi.

Mukhtar Ansari first won the assembly election on the BSP candidate in 1996 and the next two elections as the independent. Later he rejoined BSP in 2007 and contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi which he won against veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.