Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari is set to join Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday after CM Akhilesh Yadav rejected him.
BSP supremo Mayawati is expected to announce entry of Ansari into the party on Thursday, sources said.
Ansari is the sitting legislator from Mau. He approached the BSP after Akhilesh Yadav ignored him completely while deciding Samajwadi Party candidates for the upcoming UP elections. Mukhtar Ansari has been in the BSP before also.
Earlier reports had indicated that Ansari would fight the elections as an independent candidate from the Mau Sadar constituency as the Samajwadi Party has given the ticket for the seat to someone else. He is currently the sitting MLA from the seat.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had clearly expressed his dislike for Ansari due to his criminal background.
QED was founded in 2010 by Mukhtar, along with his brothers Afzal Ansari and Sigbatullaha Ansari. Ansari is in jail for his alleged involvement in the murder of former BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai.
The upcoming UP polls are very crucial as the seven-phase polling will decide the fate of the future party when electorate will exercise their right to vote in the state.