Monday, January 23, 2017

Ateeq Ahmed may step down as Samajwadi Party's Kanpur candidate

LUCKNOW: UP Strongman Ateeq Ahmed has told ET that he will meet CM Akhilesh Yadav soon and could offer to step down as the Samajwadi Party candidate from Kanpur.

ET had reported on Tuesday that Akhilesh had refused to let Ahmed be the party candidate from Kanpur seat after he was granted ticket by the Shivpal Yadav faction. Ahmed, who faces many serious criminal cases including charges of murdering a BSP MLA, met SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow on Wednesday.

Speaking to ET later, he said: “For me, the formation of a secular government is more important than entering the Vidhan Sabha. My main aim is that there should not be any dent in Akhilesh’s image. I will meet him to find a wayout.” When asked if this included stepping down as the party candidate from Kanpur, Ateeq said this was very much on his mind.

“I will definitely propose this to the CM...I will discuss with him and decide my future course. Mein woh naya mareez nahi hun jise electionladne ka shauk chadh ho (I am not a newbie when it comes to fighting an election).