Ansaris launch own political outfit, will contest polls

Mukhtar Ansari and Afzal Ansari

With every political party closing its doors in their faces, the Ansari brothers launched their own political outfit "Quami Ekta Party" in Eastern UP's Mau on Sunday.

The brothers are former Ghazipur MP Afzal Ansari, Mohammadabad MLA Sibgat Ullah Ansari and Mau's jailed MLA Mukhtar Anasari.

Afzal and Mukhtar, the BSP candidates from Ghazipur and Varanasi in the last Lok Sabha elections, had been expelled by party chief Mayawati some time ago.

Earlier, they had deserted the SP, which is not interested in taking them back. Neither is the Congress and the BJP has always been very vocal against them.

Sibgat Ullah technically remains an SP legislator, even though he had undertaken an election campaign on behalf of brother Mukhtar in Varanasi against BJP's senior leader M M Joshi.

"Today, Quami Ekta Dal opened its unit in Mau district," said Sibgat Ullah over phone from Mau, where he launched the unit. "On August 14, it will open its Ghazipur unit."

Asked about his own association with the new political outfit despite being technically a SP legislator, he said although he is not in the new party, his sympathies are with it.

He said his elder brother Afzal is in touch with the small political outfits like Peace Party, Janwadi Party, Apna Dal and Bhartiya Samaj Party, which are active in Eastern UP. Denying any talks with Amar Singh's "Lok Manch", he said the new outfit will contest next assembly elections in Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, Mukhtar had launched an outfit Hindu Muslim Ekta Party (HMEP), which, Sibgat Ullah said, will be merged with the new political outfit.

The Ansari bothers have been enjoying political clout in Eastern Uttar Pradesh for over two decades. The current dry patch is a first in their career.

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