Lucknow: In a big political twist, the Quami Ekta Dal (QED) President Mukthar Ansari today merged with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) much before the upcoming Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections.
Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari whose merger with Samajwadi Party last year had triggered turmoil in that party, today merged with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), whose chief Mayawati claimed that all criminal cases against him are “false”.
Announcing the merger of his party in presence of Mayawati here, QED president Afzal Ansari, Mukhtar’s brother, attacked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, describing him as “anti-muslim and a betrayer”.
Mayawati, while claiming that the image of the Ansari family was being “maligned” by political rivals by framing them in “false cases”, said Mukhtar Ansari, his son Abbas Ansari and brother Sigbatullaha are being given party tickets from Mau, Ghosi and Mohmadabad seats, respectively, to contest the upcoming Assembly polls.
QED had announced in June last year merger with Samajwadi Party in presence of Shivpal Yadav, the then state unit president of the party. However, that was cancelled soon after as Akhilesh vehemently opposed the move. This led to a major fight between Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal, finally culminating in split in the party.
“They (Ansaris) were earlier in BSP and contested polls with our tickets but left under pressure from Samajwadi Party,” Mayawati said.
Ever since Akhilesh fielded Altaf Ansari from Mau Sadar seat, from where Mukhtar is the sitting MLA, there has been speculation that the merger of QED and Samajwadi Party will become redundant.