BSP won’t field mafia candidates, no Muktar Ansari from Mau says Mayawati4Photo© oneindia.com

BSP won’t field mafia candidates, no Muktar Ansari from Mau says Mayawati

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Lucknow, Sep 10: The BSP will make efforts to not field 'bahubali' (strongmen) or mafia candidates in next year's Uttar Pradesh polls, party supremo Mayawati said Friday, announcing that jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari will not be given a party ticket from Mau again, according to news agency PTI.

She said BSP state president Bhim Rajbhar will contest from Mau seat, currently represented by Mukhtar Ansari who is lodged in a jail in Banda, with several criminal cases pending against him.

Mayawati's announcement comes days after Mukhtar Ansari's brother Sigbatullah Ansari joined the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.