Gangster-turned-politician and Quami Ekta Dal (QED) leader Mukhtar Ansari and his brother could join BSP, according to Ambika Chaudhary, an SP loyalist who recently joined the Mayawati-led outfit ahead of assembly elections in the state.
"Both Mukhtar Ansari and Sigbatullah Ansari are in touch with BSP and there are strong chances that they might join it in near future," Chaudhary said here on Wednesday.
Ever since Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav fielded Altaf Ansari from Mau Sadar seat from where Mukhtar is the sitting MLA, there has been speculation that the merger of QED of the Ansari brothers and Samajwadi Party will become redundant.
SP has not yet fielded its nominee from Mohammadabad Yusufpur, the seat presently represented by Sigbatullah, but there are strong indications that he might not find favour in the new dispensation in the ruling party of the state. Akhilesh had openly opposed the merger of QED with SP as suggested by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav last year which were the early indications of tension in the Yadav clan.