Lucknow, March 22: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday allowed jailed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mukhtar Ansari to cast vote in the upcoming Rajya Sabha (RS) elections.
BSP national general secretary, Rajya Sabha member and renowned Supreme Court advocate, Satish Chand Mishra had filed a plea in the Allahabad High Court for the release of two Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), Mukhtar Ansari of the BSP and Hariom Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP), so that they could participate in March 23 elections.
Ansari is the prime accused in the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Krishnanand Rai, among other crimes, and has pleaded not guilty.
In September 2017, He was acquitted in connection with contractor Manna Singh’s murder case.
There will be 59 vacancies in the Rajya Sabha in April.
The tenure of three nominated members – actor Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga – will also be ending then.