UP polls: Gangsters piggyback lesser-known parties

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 11:14

Lucknow: With major political parties shying
away from giving them tickets for UP Assembly polls, lesser-known political outfits have become a hot favourite of listed
gangsters and those having a criminal past.

After Brijesh Singh was arrested in 2008 from Odisha in
connection with several criminal cases pending against him,
the lobby backing him tried to ensure his victory in MLC
election on a BSP ticket but instead of him, his wife
Annapurna Singh was given chance by the party and she emerged
victorious.

Denied ticket by major political parties, Singh has now
decided to prove his strength as a candidate of Pragatisheel
Manav Samaj Party (PMSP) from Syed Raza Assembly seat in
Chandauli district.

Before his arrest, his brother Udaynath Singh alias
Chulbul and nephew Sushil Singh had already entered the
political arena by becoming an MLC and an MLA on BJP and BSP
tickets respectively.

Similar is the case with Brijesh`s bete noire Mukhtar
Ansari, an independent MLA form Mau who had earlier been in SP
and BSP and is contesting polls on the ticket of Quami Ekta
Dal, floated by his brothers Afzal and Sigbatullaha Ansari.
Mukhtar is in jail in connection with various criminal cases
lodged against him.

While Mukhtar will contest from Mau seat, his brother
Sikbatullaha Ansari will be contesting from Mohammadabad seat
in Ghazipur.

The case with Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi,
a listed gangster is no different. Accused of killing BJP
MLA Krishnanad Rai in 1996, Bajrangi was arrested in 2009 and
had been trying to get a party ticket.

While major political parties did not accept his
candidature, Apna Dal announced him as a party nominee from
Madiyahoo seat of Jaunpur.

The same party has given ticket to former BSP MP Atiq
Ahmad, an accused in BSP leader Raju Pal murder case from
Allahabad south seat and also his brother Mohammad Ashraf, a
former MLA and co-accused in Pal murder case.

Former BSP MLA Jitendra Singh Babloo, an accused in Congress state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi`s house arson case, has been given a ticket by Peace Party for Bikapur seat in Faizabad district.
Considered a heavyweight in Western Uttar Pradesh, DP Yadav, father of Vikas Yadav an accused in the Nitish Katar
murder case, is in fray from his own Rastriya Parivartan Dal
from Badaun. He was denied entry into Samajwadi Party after he
was shown the door by BSP.

Yadav and his wife Umlesh won 2007 assembly polls under
the banner of the same party but later joined ruling BSP.

In Sultanpur, brothers Yash Bhadra Singh alias Monu
Singh, an accused in revenue official RK Yadav murder case
and his brother BSP MLA Chandra Bhadra Singh alias Sonu Singh
are trying their luck from Peace Party.

Sonu, who won the 2007 assembly polls on BSP ticket from Isauli seat has been denied ticket by the party this time and is contesting from Sultanpur and his brother Monu from Isauli constituency.
Independent MLA Akhilesh Singh, against whom a number of
criminal cases are pending in Raebareli, is contesting from
the Peace Party from Raebareli, which he considers his
stronghold.

While leaders of the outfits which selected these persons
with criminal past have defended their decision, these
candidate are leaving no stone unturned to get an entry into
the assembly.

National President of Apna Dal Anupriya Patel feels that
once past should not be considered as a criteria and they
should be given a chance. Leader of Peace Party Ayub also did
not find anything wrong in fielding these candidates.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 11:14

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