Special Correspondent

Tiwari’s name cleared after he joins BSP

Bypoll caused by death of former PM Chandra Shekhar

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has reposed faith in Brahmin-Dalit equation to wrest the Ballia Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh in the byelection to be held on August 29. The byelection was caused by the death of former Prime Minister and MP, Chandra Shekhar.

Vinay Shankar Tiwari, son of former Uttar Pradesh Minister and alleged mafia don of eastern U.P., Hari Shankar Tiwari, has been named as the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate to contest the election.

Mr.Tiwari’s candidature was announced by Cabinet Minister and BSP National General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra at a Press conference here on Friday.

Mr. Mishra also announced the names of the BSP candidates for the three Assembly byelections, also due on August 29.

While Kazim Ali Khan alias Naved Mian will seek re-election from Swar Tanda in Rampur district, Ajit Kumar Yadav and Anant Kumar Mishra alias Antu Mishra will be the BSP candidates in Gunnaur and Farrukhabad.

A former Congressman and scion of the Rampur family in Rohilkhand, Mr. Khan had won the Assembly election from Swar Tanda on a Samajwadi Party ticket. He resigned his seat after the formation of the Mayawati Government and joined the BSP. Byelection in Gunnaur has been caused by the resignation of the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Mulayam Singh.

Mr. Singh had contested from Gunnaur and Bhartana, but preferred to retain the Bhartana seat. The Samajwadi Party has fielded Pradeep Kumar Yadav from Gunnaur.

The candidature of Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Antu Mishra from Farrukhabad had been cleared by Ms. Mayawati last month. The seat was won by Vijay Singh of the Samajwadi Party in the April-May Assembly polls. Like Mr. Khan, he too had resigned his seat and joined the BSP. However, after a few days Mr. Singh was expelled from the BSP by Ms. Mayawati, on account of his alleged criminal record. Mr. Singh is an accused in the Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Brahmadutt Dwivedi murder case.

The BSP General Secretary said Mr. Tiwari’s name for Ballia was cleared after he joined the party on Friday. His elder brother, Bhishma Shankar Tiwari alias Kushal Tiwari was also inducted into the BSP. He had contested the Assembly polls from Khalilabad on an SP ticket.

The Tiwari brothers’ father was the Minister for Stamps and Registration in the erstwhile Mulayam Singh Government. Mr. Hari Shankar Tiwari, who had organised the Akhil Bharatiya Brahman Sammellan at Lucknow in 2006, had contested the Assembly polls from Chillupar in Gorakhpur district. He lost to the BSP.