Lucknow: Come polls and many jail birds land in the poll arena in Uttar Pradesh.
While there are many muscleman who are trying their luck in the ongoing state polls from behind the bars, there are others who are supporting their kin from behind the prison walls.
Mafia Mukhtar Ansari, a four-time MLA from Mau Sadar, tops the chart in the league. He is contesting polls from the Mau seat against Alka Rai (BJP), whose husband Krishnanad Rai was killed allegedly by Mukhtar.
Not only Mukhtar, his son Abbas and brother Sigbathullah Ansari are also in the fray from Ghosi and Mohammadabad seats and the don himself is trying his best to ensure they emerge victorious after he was denied parole by the court.
Aman Mani Tripathi lodged in Dasna jail (Ghaziabad) in connection with the murder case of his wife Sara is contesting as an independent candidate from Nautanwa seat (Mahrajganj) His father Amar Mani Tripahti and mother are also in jail in connection with the poetess Madhumita Shukla murder case.
His campaign was managed by siters Tanushri and Alankrita, who left no stone unturned to ensure victory of their brother.
Another candidate, Shyam Narain Singh alias Vineet Singh who is lodged in Ranchi jail in connection with a kidnapping case, is in the fray from Sayedraza seat in Chandauli on a BSP ticket.