Mayawati expels Ansari brothers from BSP
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
supremo Mayawati on Friday expelled criminal-turned-
Ansari from the primary membership of the party.
"Ansari's involvement in criminal activities led our party president
to take the decision to expel him," a BSP press release released here
His elder brother Afzal Ansari, who was earlier a BSP MP, also has
been expelled while the party has decided to distance itself from
their cousin Sibtainullah Ansari, who had been extending his support
to the BSP despite being a Samajwadi Party legislator.
Both Afzal and Mukhtar are currently in jail in connection with the
murder of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Krishnanand Rai, who
was gunned down in a broad daylight ambush near Allahabad a few years
According to the press release, Mukhtar Ansari "had failed to live up
to the expectations of the BSP where he was given entry on the promise
that he would mend his ways".
According to the release, a raid by the police on Ghazipur jail
earlier this month revealed that Mukhtar Ansari and his brother were
continuing with their criminal activities even from behind the bars
and hence the party leadership decided to throw them out as "they were
giving BSP a bad name".
Justifying the party's earlier decision to take in the Ansari
brothers, despite their criminal antecedents, the release added:
"Mayawati admitted Ansari into the party on the plea that past
governments had implicated him in criminal cases simply because of his
crusade against affluent and powerful landowners to uphold the cause
of the poor and the downtrodden.
Mukhtar and Afzal Ansari were the official BSP nominees for the
Varanasi and Ghazipur seats respectively in the April-May Lok Sabha
elections, but both lost.
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