‘Rejected’ by BSP,Mitrasen Yadav gets SP ticket from Faizabad

Both the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party announced their candidates for the Ayodhya-Faizabad Lok Sabha seat on Sunday...

Written by ARSHAD AFZAL KHAN | Faizabad | Published: January 19, 2009 12:36 am

Both the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party announced their candidates for the Ayodhya-Faizabad Lok Sabha seat on Sunday. While the BSP opted for Bimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra,the scion of the erstwhile royal family of Ayodhya,the SP named “BSP-reject” Mitrasen Yadav as its candidate.

Mishra,who patronised VHP’s Ram temple movement from its early days,has a good following among the Brahmins of Ayodhya and Faizabad.

Yadav,a former CPI MP,on the other hand,commands good support among the backward communities and minorities. He is named in at least 35 criminal cases registered at different police stations in Faizabad.

BSP sources said Yadav was denied party ticket because of his involvement in the human trafficking case,along with BJP MP Babubhai Katara. Also,his MLA son Anandsen’s involvement in the murder of a Dalit law student Shashi had further irked the party leadership.

Confirming the SP’s decision to field him,Yadav said,“Party’s national general secretary Amar Singh has told me that I will be fighting the Lok Sabha polls on the SP’s ticket from Faizabad.”

In the last elections,Yadav had won from the Faizabad seat as a BSP candidate. His son Anandsen was inducted in the UP ministry,but had to resign after he was named in the Shashi murder case.

Mitrasen said Anandsen did not need to resign either from the BSP or as an MLA since he is in jail and politically inactive. “When he comes out on bail,then we will think about his political direction,” he said.

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