How imprisoned politician Mukhtar Ansari remains relevant in UP elections

Mukhtar Ansari has been in jail since 2005 in various criminal cases (File)

Mau:

Derided by the BJP as the mascot of the criminal and mafia raj during the previous reign of Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh, imprisoned don-politician Mukhtar Ansari is out of the polls fray this time and his son is running rather like the opposition alliance candidate for his Mau seat.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other BJP leaders took the name of Mukhtar Ansari to attack Samajwadi party over law and order issue and how Yogi government Adityanath used bulldozers on his properties.

Mukhtar Ansari’s 30-year-old son, Abbas Ansari, was nominated for election by Samajwadi party’s ally Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) of Om Prakash Rajbhar as the coalition candidate for the seat , where voting will take place on the seventh and final stage on March 7.

The BJP nominated Ashok Singh for the seat, while the Bahujan Samaj party lined up its state chairman Bhim Rajbhar and Congress Madhavendra Bahadur Singh.

Om Prakash Rajbhar previously declared Mukhtar Ansari as his party’s candidate from the seat, but when the nomination process began in the seventh phase, Abbas Ansari filed his nomination papers instead.

The BJP and BSP candidates questioned the criminal image of Mukhtar Ansari and called on people to free Mau from the mafia.

But Abbas, in a conversation with journalists, instead accuses the ruling BJP of protecting mafias of a particular caste.

He alleged that under the protection of those in power, Brajesh Singh, believed to be an underworld aide don Dawood Ibrahim, fired bullets at his father in 2001.

Abbas also cites data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to claim that there has been a huge increase in the crime rate in Uttar Pradesh over the past five years.

Although he is the face, the force behind the son in the polls is still the father.

Abbas said: “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while sitting in a constitutional post, is intimidating the people of UP that if they don’t vote, their homes will be bulldozed, but the land of holy martyrs Mau will not fall for the fake and the community agenda.” He claims during his election meetings that with the blessing of Mukhtar Ansari, Om Prakash Rajbhar and Akhilesh Yadav, he stands before the people.

Mukhtar Ansari, who has been in prison since 2005 in various criminal cases, was brought to Banda prison by the Uttar Pradesh government from Punjab after a court battle in April last year.

According to sources, Mukhtar Ansari is also monitoring the election of Banda’s son from prison and his former supporters have become active in his native assembly seat.

However, this time Mukhtar Ansari’s older brother, Sibakatullah Ansari, who joined the Samajwadi party, and his BSP MP brother, Afzal Ansari, are absent from the election campaign in Mau region.

Afzal Ansari did not come for any program of his BSP party nor his nephew Abbas.

BSP worker Achhe Lal claimed that Afzal Ansari remains loyal to BSP and is not doing well these days.

Abbas travels with a red cap – the Samajwadi party’s trademark headgear – and a yellow gamcha, worn by SBSP supporters.

Gulab Singh Yadav, a university professor associated with the Samajwadi party, said it was not about Abbas Ansari but that the SBSP alliance had strengthened Akhilesh Yadav in Purvanchal.

The rival parties’ campaign mainly revolves around Mukhtar Ansari’s criminal past.

Ajay Prakash Singh ‘Manna’, brother of BJP candidate Ashok Singh, was shot dead in Ghazipur Tiraha in 2009 and the case is pending in the High Court.

BJP candidate pleads with voters that Mukhtar Ansari is committing crimes in jail after seizing power for 25 years and now if his son also wins, criminal incidents will increase.

At the same time, he does not forget to mention that the common man breathed a sigh of relief at the bulldozer launched by Yogi Adityanath on the illegal properties of these mafias and this is only possible if the BJP government is formed .

Abbas is no new to elections as he managed the polls for his imprisoned father in the last two elections.

However, he had lost in the 2017 state polls to neighbor Ghoshi as the BSP candidate to current Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan.

There were many myths in the region regarding the constituency of the Mau assembly.

Since 1952 no one has won against Mau for the second time in a row, but Mukhtar Anasri broke the myth by winning the seat five times in a row since 1996.

Manoj Rai, the Mau district panchayat chairman who is actively campaigning for the BJP candidate, told PTI: “Everything has an end and this time Mukhtar Ansari himself has shattered his myth by staying out of the election. . There are about five lakh voters in the Mau assembly constituency, including 1.25 lakh Muslim voters, one lakh Dalit voters and 55,000 Rajbhars.

This is the first election in Mau where only one Muslim candidate is running among the main political parties and this could be an advantage for Abbas Ansari.

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