IF GIVEN a ticket by SP, jailed mafia-turned-politician and Quami Ekta Dal MLA from Mau, Mukhtar Ansari, would contest the UP Assembly polls next year, his brother and QED president Afzal Ansari said on Saturday.
Afzal on Saturday met SP national chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and state president Shivpal Yadav in Lucknow.
Three months after the merger of QED with the SP was called off, Shivpal on Thursday had again announced the merger of the two parties. He had said the decision was endorsed by Mulayam.
Afzal said: “When this announcement (of the merger on October 6) was made, I was admitted to the hospital. After recovering from fever, I contacted Netaji, who called me to the party state headquarters.”
About Mukhtar’s status in SP, Afzal said: “All the public representatives and workers of QED are now in SP.”
On Mukhtar’s candidature, Afzal said: “If the party gives him a ticket, Mukhtar will contest as SP candidate.”
Afzal also said Mulayam has accepted his invitation to take part in a joint rally with Afzal in Mohammadabad Assembly segment of Ghazipur next month.