BSP MP Afzal Ansari disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha

New Delhi: Afzal Ansari of the BSP MP was disqualified as a Lok Sabha member on Monday after being convicted and sentenced to four years in jail in a kidnapping-and-murder case by a court in Uttar Pradesh.

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Ansari, a Lok Sabha member from Ghazipur, was convicted to four years in prison on Saturday by an MP/MLA court. Mukhtar Ansari, a former criminal turned politician, was also convicted in the same case and sentenced to ten years in prison.

The brothers were charged under the Uttar Pradesh Gangsters Act in connection with the murder of Krishnanad Rai, the then-MLA from Ghazipur, on November 29, 2005, as well as the kidnapping and murder of Varanasi-based trader Nand Kishore Rungta in 1997.

“Consequent upon his conviction Afzal Ansari, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Ghazipur Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh, stands disqualified from Lok Sabha membership from the date of his conviction, i.e. 29 April, 2023, in terms of the provisions of Article 102(1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,” according to a Lok Sabha secretariat notification.

Notably, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, recently lost his Lok Sabha membership after being convicted in a 2019 defamation case and sentenced to two years in prison.


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