In Hind­sight, Akhilesh Right on Atiq, Aman­mani

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Aman.Sharma@ times­group.com

Luc­know: Gay­a­tri Pra­jap­ati and Aman­maniTri­pathi,twom­uch-talked about politi­cians fac­ing var­ied for­tunes in­side the Sa­ma­jwadi Party, are now fac­ing se­ri­ous le­gal trou­bles and will bank on sym­pa­thy and their lo­cal clout to win their elec­toral bat­tles.

Aman­mani Tri­pathi, the son of jailed for­mer min­is­ter Amar­mani Tri­pathi, is be­hind bars too and now faces a CBI charge-sheet ac­cus­ing him of mur­der­ing his wife. Min­is­ter Gay­a­tri Pra­jap­ati faces im­mi­nent ar­rest in a gang rape case lodged against him after the Supreme Court’s in­ter­ven­tion. While Akhilesh Ya­dav had can­celledA­man­mani’stick­e­tand­heis con­test­ing as an in­de­pen­dent from his Ma­hara­j­ganj’sNau­tan­waseat,theCM has blown hot and cold on Pra­jap­ati - first dis­miss­ing him from Cab­i­net be­forere-in­duct­inghi­mand­giv­inghima ticket from Ame­thi. The ticket to Pra­jap­ati by the SP is de­spite its al­liance part­ner Congress also field­ing its can­di­date from Ame­thi in Congress leader San­jay Sinh’s wife Amita Sinh. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi tar­geted Pra­jap­ati on Sun­day, say­ing Akhilesh be­gan his cam­paign by ask­ing votes for Pra­jap­ati. “Ev­ery­one in Nau­tanwa knows Aman­mani has been framed. Log jante hain ki agar vikaas chahiye, sirf Tri­pathis hi kar sakte hain (Peo­ple know that only the Tri­pathis can do de­vel­op­ment here). He has sym­pa­thy here. My fa­ther Amar­mani Tri­pathi as 4-time MLA here till 2012 did max­i­mum work here,” Aman­mani’s sis­ter Tanushree told ET. The 33-year-old post grad­u­ate f r o m Unive r s i t y o f Lon­don has taken reins of her brother’s cam­paign in Nau­tanwa as Aman­mani has been de­nied bail. CBI filed a chargesheet against him on Satur­day after he came out of jail on pa­role on Fe­bru­ary 13 to file his nom­i­na­tion. “It is a deep­rooted con­spir­acy. CBI is a part of it — all to spoil Aman­mani’s c a mpaign, ” s ay s Ta nus h r e e. Aman­mani lost the seat in 2012 to Congress can­di­date Kaushal Kishor by 8,000 votes. Kishor is con­test­ing from SP now.

An SP leader said can­celling tick­ets of the likes of Aman­mani and Atiq Ahmed seems to be prov­ing right in hind­sightwith­both­the­seper­son­snow fac­ing jail time. Atiq, who chose not to con­test after his ticket was can­celled by Akhilesh Ya­dav from Kan­pur Can­ton­ment, has been jailed in a re­cent as­sault case and court has de­nied him bail in light of his long crim­i­nal his­tory. “The case against Pra­jap­ati is, how­ever, mo­ti­vated and is dat­ing back three years. It was probed by the UP CB-CID wing and noth­ing was found in it. Now, po­lice has lodged an FIR after Supreme Court’s or­ders,” an SP leader said.

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