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Phoolan Devi’s husband to contest for LS polls

The BSP will field Umaid Singh, husband of slain bandit queen-turned-politician Phoolan Devi, in the next Lok Sabha polls, a party leader said Wednesday.

Confirming this, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Munqad Ali said that Singh would contest from Shahjahanpur.

‘I have announced the decision after Umaid Singh left the Congress and joined our party yesterday (Tuesday),’ Ali said, adding that the decision had party chief Mayawati’s approval.

Phoolan Devi, after her release from jail, joined the Samajwadi Party.  Mulayam Singh Yadav fielded her from Mirzapur.

She won from the Lok Sabha seat twice (‘96 and ‘99). In 2001, she was shot dead outside her New Delhi  residence.
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