Atiq Ahmed wife Shaista fielded by AIMIM from Allahabad West
As the battle for UP polls gets intense, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has fielded Shaista Parveen, wife of a mafia don and former MP Atiq Ahmed, from the Allahabad West Assembly seat of Prayagraj.
The seat, at present, is represented by Cabinet Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh.
Atiq Ahmad is presently lodged in a Gujarat jail. Atiq has serious charges against him for murder and criminal conspiracy in two separate criminal cases. As many as 196 FIRs have been lodged against him by various police stations in Uttar Pradesh on charges of murder, extortion, cheating, and land grabbing.
The divisional spokesperson of AIMIM, Afsar Mehmood has confirmed that Shaista will be the party’s candidate from Allahabad West. Although her candidature has not been announced officially by the party, the official announcement is expected soon.
Allahabad west assembly seat was once considered to be a stronghold of the Mafia turned politician, Atiq. He had won the Assembly polls from Allahabad West 1989, 1991, and 1993 as an independent candidate and in 1996 as a Samajwadi Party candidate while in 2002 he bagged the seat on Apna Dal ticket.
Later, Atiq had joined AIMIM along with his kin and aides, the declaration of which was made by his wife Shaista at a public meeting held in Prayagraj a few months back. The former MP had written a letter in which he declared his faith in party chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
Atiq’s wife had joined AIMIM some months back and at that time party leaders had said that Atiq and his kin may contest from five Assembly seats. Earlier, the AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi had said his party would field the don-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad’s wife in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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