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 Samajwadi Party supremo shares dais with mafia don Atiq Ahmad

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday was seen sharing dais with mafia don Atiq Ahmad who has over 180 criminal cases registered against him. Although he has been with the ruling party and was Samajwadi Party candidate for Shrawasti Lok Sabha seat in 2014 General Elections, but Mulayam had hardly invited him to share dais and in fact political observers believe that the SP chief always avoided being seen with the mafia don.

According to the political observers, ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, Mulayam is very much nervous about the future of his son Akhilesh and possibly, the ruling party needs Ahmad more than ever before.

On the occasion of 83rd birth anniversary of Samajwadi ideologue and thinker - Janeshwar Mishra,  Atiq Ahmad happily obliged and put in a few good words in praise of the SP that could face a tough battle from the rival BJP in the elections.

On being invited to dais, Ahmad said, "I am happy that Netaji (Mulayam) invited me here. He asked me to address the gathering. He is a great leader. Even at this age, he is active and doing great work as a politician. But some people are after him. Media unnecessarily criticise him," Ahmad said.

According to the police records in Allahabad, Ahmad has 150 criminal cases registered against him, despite this, he is favourite among many politicians as he controls a large section of Muslim votes in Allahabad and Phulpur.

To note, Ahmad is also accused in the murder of the BSP MLA Raju Pal in 2005. During Mayawati's rule in Uttar Pradesh, Ahmad was declared an absconder in 2007. However, he made his come back when the Samajwadi Party came to power in 2012, and in the same year he was granted bail.

"Ahmad, a former MP from Phulpur, has good hold over rural Muslim voters in Allahabad and Phulpur. He can help the party candidates to win panchayat polls to be held from September. Since Mulayam knows that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has failed to impress the people, he is nervous about his future in 2017 Assembly elections. He believes that the SP can win in 2017 if it could win the panchayat polls," a senior SP leader said.

Pointing at Akhilesh, Mulayam said, "I had asked them to review the reasons behind the loss of the party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. But nobody paid any attention."

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