About half a dozen `tainted' candidates are in the fray in the next two rounds
Move to deter tainted candidates from influencing poll process
LUCKNOW: Adequate precautionary measures have been taken by the Election Commission to deter the alleged mafia and tainted candidates from influencing the poll process in the sixth and seventh phases of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The remaining phases of the seven-tier polls are scheduled for May 3 and May 8.
Joint Chief Electoral Officer Kamini Ratan Chauhan said deployment of the Central Para Military Force (CPMF) in the polling booths was one such measure to deter the possibility of the poll process being subverted.
About six alleged tainted candidates are in the fray in the next two rounds. While Independent candidate, Mukhtar Ansari, an accused in the Krishnanand Rai murder case, is seeking re-election from Mau in the district of the same name, the former Minister, Amarmani Tripathi, is contesting from Laxmipur in Maharajganj district. Mr. Tripathi is an accused in the poet Madhumita Shukla murder case and is in the Dehra Dun jail. Mr. Ansari was a couple of days back shifted from the Ghazipur jail to the Jhansi jail.
Uttar Pradesh Minister for Stamps and Registration Hari Shankar Tiwari is in the fray from Chillupar in Gorakhpur district. Mr. Tiwari who claims to have distanced himself from the world of crime was once an alleged mafia don of Eastern Uttar Pradesh (Purvanchal). Till they buried the hatchet, his rivalry over railway contracts with another mafia don of the region (now dead), Virendra Pratap Shahi, was well known. Mr. Shahi was shot dead by contract killer of Purvanchal Sri Prakash Shukla in Lucknow in 1997.
Elections in Mau, Laxmipur and Chillupar constituencies will be held on May 8.
Bandit queen-turned politician Seema Parihar and the central character of the recently released Hindi film "Wounded" is contesting from Mirzapur city in Mirzapur district on an Indian Justice Party (IJP) ticket. Ms. Parihar follows in the footsteps of another bandit queen-turned politician, Phoolan Devi, who was elected Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament from Mirzapur in the 1996 Lok Sabha elections.
An accused in the Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Raju Pal murder case, Arshad Ahmed is the Samajwadi Party candidate from Allahabad West. Mr. Ahmed is the younger brother of alleged mafia don and Samajwadi Member of Parliament from Phulpur Atiq Ahmed.
Phulpur was once represented in Parliament by Jawaharlal Nehru.