Mukhtar Ansari not to contest against Narendra Modi in Varanasi

Ansari gave a tough fight to BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi in Varanasi in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

Ballia (up) | Published:April 10, 2014 7:48 pm

Mukhtar Ansari, who gave a tough fight to BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi in Varanasi in 2009 Lok Sabha election, has decided not to contest against Narendra Modi from the seat “to avoid division of secular votes”.

Quami Ekta Dal’s Ansari, a gangster-turned-politician and four-time MLA from Mau, is currently lodged in Agra jail in the BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai murder case.

“A decision in this regard has been taken at the meeting of Quami Ekta Dal,” Mukhtar’s brother Afzal Ansari told PTI today.

The step has been taken “to strengthen secular forces and avoid division of votes”, he added.

“We will discuss our future course of action later. Now SP, BSP and AAP have to decide how to defeat Modi,” he said, adding the party had earlier written to all “secular parties” to join hands to defeat the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate.

Mukhter, who contested the last Lok Sabha polls on a BSP ticket, lost by a slender margin of 17,000 votes to Joshi.

Later, he was expelled from BSP and formed the Quami Ekta Dal in 2010.

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    Prapur
    Apr 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm
    BSP, SP, RJD, JDU, JMM, Congress and many alike have allowed accused criminals who are in jail to contest election and call themselves secular as if others are not. What a shame of India's justice and election system as it is now? No where in the developed countries criminals are allowed to file even nomination papers. In India justice takes so long that criminals can become MP and even chief minister or may be PM one day by muscle and money power. Shame on all so called secular leaders who use cast color creed and groups or name of dalits to win election and become minister.This is all because of two families ruling from front or back door country, for life of independent India for most part.
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      Bina Chava
      Apr 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm
      Modi is the leader of them, so leader versus his disciples.
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        Milan Jinjala
        Apr 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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          vinayak
          Apr 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm
          All religious forces are joining hands against AAP.
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            Gupta
            Apr 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm
            All the religious fanatics joining forces against Modi.
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