Zee Media Bureau
Lucknow: Quami Ekta Dal leader Mukhtar Ansari has been released on parole from Agra jail and will be campaigning in Ghosi, Balia and Mau districts on Saturday.
A CBI court last Saturday granted Uttar Pradesh legislator Ansari custody parole till May 10 for election campaigning. He is contesting from Ghosi constituency on a Quami Ekta Dal ticket.
Mukhtar withdrew from the Lok Sabha contest in Varanasi. Mukhtar, who has several cases of murder, extortion and dacoity registered against him, said in a statement distributed by his brother that he would reveal his future strategy on April 15.
The mafia-don-turned politician, is a member of the UP Assembly from Mau. He had earlier said he would take on BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the Hindu holy city.
Mukhtar Ansari finished second in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls in Varanasi. BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi scraped through by a few thousand votes as Muslims voted in large numbers for Ansari.
Afzal, surprised everyone last this week saying there was a "Modi wave" in the country and that the Gujarat Chief Minister would win in Varanasi.