As the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh assembly elections continue, among the prisoners casting their votes in the crucial polls are three jailed candidates, who are contesting the elections.
As the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh assembly elections continue, among the prisoners casting their votes in the crucial polls are three jailed candidates, who are contesting the elections. Apart from them, wives of five other prisoners are also selected political representatives contesting the elections in the state. Among the jailed candidates are Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s Mukhtar Ansari and Vineet Singh and an independent candidate Amanmani Tripathi.
Four-time MLA, Don Mukhtar Ansari, facing several criminal charges including the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai in 2005, is jailed in Lucknow. The trial on the murder charge against him is in progress in a Delhi court. Days before the elections, his party Quami Ekta Dal (QED) has merged with Mayawati’s BSP. However the Delhi High Court has put a stay on a court order permitting the don a 16 days custodial parole.
With kidnapping charges, Varanasi’s Vineet Singh who is presently in the Ranchi district jail, is contesting Syedraza in Chandauli. The Jharkhand High Court allowed him eight days’ relief to file nominations. Another candidate Amanmani Tripathi, son of former UP minister Amar Mani Tripathi is presently in the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad and is contesting Nautanwa in Maharajganj. Amanmani was denied candidature from the Samajwadi Party after the CBI arrested him with charges of murdering his wife.
Apart from the jailed candidates, wives of five other jail inmates are also contesting this year’s elections. Payal, the wife of Sanjeev Maheswari, who is presently in the Manipur district jail, is contesting the elections on a RLD ticket in Muzaffarnagar. Sanjeev is facing criminal charges including the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai. Accused in the murder of the same BJP MLA, Prem Singh alias Munna Bajrangi is lodged in the Jhansi district jail with charges of eight other criminal charges. His wife, Seema is contesting in Jaunpur ona an Apna Dal (Krishna Patel) seat.
Neelam Karwariya, wife of former BJP MLA Uday Bhan Karwariya, is contesting this years election as a BJP candidate from Meja in Allahabad. Presently lodged in the Mirzapur district jail, Uday Bhan is the prime accused in the murder Jawahar Pandit, who was shot dead in Allahabad in 1996. Jawahar’s wife, Vijma Yadav is also contesting the elections as a Samajwadi Party candidate from Pratappur in Allahabad.
Don turned politician DP Yadav is lodged in the Tihar jail with charges of double murder in a case of September 13, 1992. His wife Umlesh is contesting as a Rashtriya Parivartan Dal candidate from Sahaswan seat in Badaun district. Aishwarya Choudhary, is the fifth prisoner whose wife is contesting the crucial elections. Accused in a cae of communal rioting which took place in Pedda village last year, Aishwarya is presently lodged in Maharajganj district jail. His wife Suchi is a BJP candidate contesting from Bijnor.