BJP’s Azamgarh candidate: History-sheeter Ramakant Yadav

Name: Ramakant Yadav
Historysheet number: HS 30A Deedarganj police station, district Azamgarh
Gang chart number: IRG 10
Cases against him between 1984 and 2006: 34
Some sections: IPC 323, 504, 506, 147, 307, 143, 427, 337, 338, 354, UP Goonda Act, SC/ST Act, Gangster Act
Current claim to fame: Has been nominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party as its candidate from Azamgarh for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections

Interestingly, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party's prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani announced a few months ago in Varanasi that the party "will not field any candidates with a criminal background" in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The announcement of Ramakant as party's candidate from Azamgarh has raised several eyebrows.

Ramakant is one of the renowned criminals in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Around 17 criminal cases are still pending against him, including those under Gangster Act and Goonda Act. The most well-known among this is the attack on Chief Minister Mayawati at the state guesthouse in 1995.

According to reports, Ramakant shot to fame in the mid 80's, when he had some 34 cases lodged against him in various police stations across Azamgarh, apart from a few in Gorakhpur and Jaunpur districts too.

He fought the last Lok Sabha polls in 2004 from Azamgarh, which he won on a BSP ticket, but resigned and joined the BJP in 2008. In the 2008 Azamgarh by-poll, Yadav, however, lost to BSP's Akbar Ahmed Dumpy.

Station Officer of Deedarganj police station Gyaneshwar Mishra said: "He is one of the most notorious persons in the area. In fact, he and his brothers have been involved in a large number of cases of land grabbing."

Mishra said while in some of the cases, Ramakant has managed to go scot-free, in other cases the party concerned has agreed for a compromise.

Justifying his candidature, party officials said the party felt that he has not been involved in any criminal activities since he joined the BJP a year ago.

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