February 6, 2023

Bjp Camp Fields Its First Muslim In Up Since 2014 | Lucknow News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: BJP ally Apna Dal (S) on Sunday named Congress veteran Noor Bano’s UK-educated grandson Haider Ali Khan as its candidate for the Suar assembly seat in UP, making him the first Muslim to be fielded by any constituent of the saffron camp in the state since 2014.
Congress had declared 36-year-old Haider as its candidate for the seat on January 13. However, he spurned the offer and crossed over to Anupriya Patel-led Apna Dal (S).
Haider Ali’s father 4-time legislator
A scion of the Rampur royal family, Haider is likely to be up against jailed Rampur MP Azam Khan’s son Abdullah Azam, who is tipped to get the Samajwadi Party ticket.
In the 2017 assembly elections, Apna Dal (S) had fielded 11 candidates, none of them Muslim, and won nine seats.
This time, the party is projecting a tally of at least 15 seats. BJP has fielded Akash Saxena, son of former party MLA from Suar, Shiv Bahadur Saxena, in Rampur.
Essex University graduate Haider’s father Nawab Kazim Ali Khan has been a long-time Azam baiter and a four-time MLA from Suar and erstwhile Bilaspur. Kazim had contested the Suar seat on a BSP ticket in 2017, but lost to SP candidate and Azam’s son Abdullah. In December 2019, Abdullah lost his assembly membership on charges of discrepancies in his election affidavit. The complainant was Kazim.
In February 2020, Abdullah, along with his father Azam and mother Tazeen Fatima, were sent to jail in connection with several criminal cases against them.

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