SP fields don turned politician Atiq Ahmed from Sultanpur constituency

Samajwadi Party (SP) has announced mafia turned politician Atiq Ahmed as its candidate from Sultanpur parliamentary constituency on Friday. SP's national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav informed about the party's decision to field Atiq Ahmed in a press statement on Friday.

Atiq is an accused in a number of criminal cases, most notable being the murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal in 2005. More cases piled up against Atiq when Mayawati came to power in 2007. Atiq was however granted bail in February 2012, ahead of assembly elections in the state.

Described in the police record as 'Duracahari number 39 A' (history-sheeter number 39 A), Ahmed's name had figured as the main accused in the infamous 'state guesthouse incident' in which SP supporters had attacked the BSP MLAs who were inside the state guesthouse in Lucknow, after the BSP's decision to withdraw support from the SP in 1995. In 1979, Atiq's name figured in the murder case of Mohammed Ghulam, but he was acquitted in the case. According to the police record, his gang is registered as 'inter-state gang number 227'.

Atiq Ahmed is five term MLA between 1989-2004. He was also elected to Lok Sabha in 2004 from Phulpur parliamentary seat as SP candidate.

Atiq had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Pratapgarh as Apna Dal candidate and polled 108211 but was placed fifth. He also contested the 2012 assembly election from Allahabad West as Apna Dal candidate but lost to Pooja Pal of Bahujan Samaj Party by a margin of 8885 votes.

His brother Khalid Azeem alias Ashraf too had won from Allahabad West in 2005 after the murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal. Ashraf was named along with his brother Atiq Ahmed in the murder of Raju Pal. Presently, Puja Pal, the wife of Raju Pal is MLA from Allahabad West.

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