UP: Mukhtar Ansari's party to support Congress
Don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari has announced that its Quami Ekta Dal party will support Congress candidate Ajay Rai for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, reports said on Tuesday.
Ajay Rai reportedly said the Congress party welcomed the Quami Ekta Dal's decision.
Earlier, the media buzz was that the party would support Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejrwal, who is also contesting against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Ajay Rai.
Ansari had earlier announced that he will not contest the Lok Sabha polls against Narendra Modi and Kejirwal from the Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Ansari, who is currently lodged in Agra jail on charges of murdering a BJP MLA, conveyed the decision through his brother and national party president Afzal Ansari in Varanasi.
He was to fight the elections on Quami Ekta Dal's ticket.
Afzal Ansari reportedly said that the decision was taken to avoid division of votes and to straighten secular forces.
Ansari had contested from Varanasi on a BSP ticket in 2009 elections against BJP's Murli Manohar Joshi.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)