Mukhtar Ansari released on parole, to campaign in UP today

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.

Updated: May 10, 2014, 08:20 AM IST

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.