In Uttar pradesh assembly elections at least 30 hardcore criminals and mafia dons are contesting this year’s assembly elections from jails, which is high even by Uttar Pradesh’s standards.Then there are Atiq Ahmed, Jitendra Singh Babloo and Purshottam Naresh Dwivedi. Contesting from Allahabad West on Apna Dal ticket, Atiq filed his nomination from Basti jail. Babloo is in Faizabad jail and will fight from Bikapur.
Top among the dons are Prem Prakash Singh aka Munna Bajrangi from Madiyahon (Jaunpur) on an Apna Dal ticket; he is in Tihar Jail. Then there is gangster Brijesh Singh of Pragatisheel Samaj Party from Saiyedraza (Chandauli). He is in Ahmedabad jail. Brijesh is accused in more than 40 criminal cases, including the murder of 13 people in Azamgarh in 1994.