UP polls: AIMIM offers party ticket to Mukhtar Ansari
Earlier in the day, BSP supremo Mayawati said her party will make efforts to not field 'bahubali' (strongmen) or mafia candidates in the upcoming polls and announced that Ansari, who is lodged in a jail in Banda, will not be given a ticket from Mau again.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen's (AIMIM) national spokesperson Syed Asim Waqar said the party's doors are open for Ansari.
Waqar asked other Muslims also not to ''purchase tickets'' from any other political party as they will ensure their defeat even after taking money from them.
''Votes of their communities (other parties) do not transfer to Muslims. I ask Muslims who want to contest elections to come and join AIMIM. The party will give them tickets,'' he said.
Mayawati announced the name of BSP state president Bhim Rajbhar from the Mau seat, currently represented by Ansari.
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