Here are 5 Facts about the Gangster-Turned-Politician:
1. Mukhtar Ansari is the leader of Bahujan Samaj Party and has been elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Uttar Pradesh's Mau constituency a record five times. The BSP chief Mayawati had called him "a messiah of the poor".
2. Mukhtar Ansari has over 40 criminal cases against him, including those related to murder and kidnapping. He is also the prime accused in the 2005 murder of BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai.
3. In 2010, Mukhtar Ansari was booked for the murder of Ram Singh Maurya, who was a witness to the murder of Mannat Singh, a local contractor allegedly killed by Ansari's gang in 2009.
5. Mukhtar Ansari has been in prison since 2006 and has been in Banda jail for the past eight months.
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