As the campaign picks up for the high-profile contest, the head of the famous Kabir Mutt here has said Modi does not reflect the composite culture of this temple town and cautioned that his contesting election from the "sacred place".
Uttar Pradesh legislator Mukhtar Ansari, facing trial in a case under stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act for allegedly being a member of an organised crime syndicate, has been granted custody parole for 10 days by a Delhi court for campaigning in Lok Sabha polls.
Quami Ekta Dal, being led by mafia-don-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari has announced that it will support Congress candidate Ajay Rai from Varanasi constituency in the ongoing General Elections, reports said on Tuesday.
Aam Aadmi Party today accused BJP of circulating a `fake` letter in which Arvind Kejriwal has purportedly thanked local Muslim strongman Mukhtar Ansari`s Qaumi Ekta Dal for not contesting Lok Sabha elections.
BJP on Friday said Quami Ekta Dal chief Mukhtar Ansari`s decision not to contest against Narendra Modi in Varanasi has exposed Arvind Kejriwal`s agenda, and alleged that the AAP leader "is making understanding with criminals".
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has courted a fresh controversy after it emerged that the lunch hosted by him in the honour of Pranab Mukherjee in Lucknow yesterday was attended by two convicted MLAs- Mukhtar Ansari and Vijay Mishra.
A Delhi court on Monday decided to hear arguments on chargesheet filed against Uttar Pradesh`s independent MLA Mukhtar Ansari in a MCOCA case for allegedly running an organised crime syndicate involved in killings and extortion.