April 7, 2011 4:17:55 am
The trio of Ansari brothers former Ghazipur MP Afzal Ansari,his controversial MLA brother from Mau,Mukhtar Ansari,and Mohammedabad legislator Sibghatullah Ansari are all set to become part of the confederation of smaller parties headed by the Peace Party of India (PPI). Ansari brothers,who have almost become political pariah for the mainstream political parties recently launched a political outfit Kaumi Ekta Dal to contest the 2012 Assembly elections from various seats in the eastern UP.
Both Afzal and Sibghatulla are scheduled to attend a rally Samaj Jodo Ghulami Chhoro to be held together by smaller outfits like PPI,Bhartiya Samaj Party,Janwadi Party and Indian Justice Party in Azamagarh town on Thursday.
Sibghatullah Ansari,who was elected on SP ticket from Muhhamedabad seat in the last Assembly elections,told The Indian Express that he along with his elder brother Afzal Ansari,would attend the rally in Azamgarh. We support the idea of PPI to form a political front of smaller political outfits in eastern UP. So,we have decided to attend the rally tomorrow, Sibghatulla,who is still technically an SP MLA said over phone.
But PPI president Dr Ayub clarified that Kaumi Ekta Dal (KED) is still not a part of the Lok Kranti Morcha headed jointly by him and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Choudhari Ajit Singh. Yes,Afzal and Sibghatulla will attend our tomorrows rally,but they are still not part of the Lok Kranti Morcha comprising RLD and eight eastern smaller parties from east UP,including PPI, said Ayub. The KED would take part in the rally as a part of a local understanding with the PPI. The KED is an ally of PPI. Since tomorrows rally has nothing to do with the Lok Kranti Morch,those who attend the rally would not necessarily part of the conglomerate, he said.
Afzal Ansari said he was hopeful that Lok Kranti Morcha would emerge as a powerful political front in the state after the Assembly elections. UP is a vast state and thus it is not possible for any single political party to expand its base across the state. People are anxiously looking for an option and the morcha has potentials to become voters choice in the present situation, Afzal added.
Ansari brothers are known political faces of eastern UP because of their grip over a section of voters in a few districts like Ghazipur,Varanasi,Mau,Azamgarh and Chandauli. Mukhtar Ansari,who is currently in jail,had contested last Lok Sabha election against senior BJP leader and former union minister Murli Manohar Joshi as BSP nominee. The BSP had also rewarded Mukhtars elder brother Afzal Ansari with a party ticket to contest the Lok Sabha election from Ghazipur seat. Then,Afzal had deserted the SP and joined the BSP during the trust vote in the Parliament over the Indo-US nuclear deal. Later,BSP expelled both Ansari brothers Mukhtar and Afzal in April 2010. After their expulsion,the trio have been looking for suitable political platform to regain their decreasing political influence in the region.
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