Varanasi, Apr 29 ANI | 6 months ago

In a surprising move, Quami Ekta Dal(QED) today announced to support Congress candidate Ajay Rai in Varanasi where he is pitted against BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi. The announcement of the support was made by QED president Afzal Ansari after over a fortnight long discussions with the party leaders.s

Earlier it was predicted that QED could support Aam Admi Party(AAP) candidate Arvind Kejriwal as QED candidate from Mau and younger brother of Afzal, Mukhtar Ansari is accused in the murder of the elder brother of Ajay Rai. Afzal ,talking to reporters, here, said that the decision to support the Congress candidate was taken in a larger interest to prevent the communal forces to come to power. " We will actively campaign for the Congress during the elections in Varanasi, and will ask the people particularly the minorities to vote for Ajay Rai," he said. But the sudden change in the decision of the QED to support Congress has created a new equations in the elections in Varanasi, where polling is scheduled in the last phase on May 12.

Earlier Mukhtar Ansari, the MLA of QED,presidently lodged in the Agra jail for different crimes, was to contest from Varanasi along with Ghosi seat. But later the party withdrew his name to avoid division of the minority votes against Modi. Mukhtar is presently contesting from Ghosi seat.

(Posted on 29-04-2014)

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