After conviction, Afzal Ansari was disqualified as a Lok Sabha member for the BSP.

A court in Uttar Pradesh disqualified BSP’s Afzal Ansari from the Lok Sabha on Monday after he was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for hijacking and murder.

Saturday, an MP/MLA court sentenced Ansari, the Lok Sabha representative from Ghazipur, to four years in prison. Mukhtar Ansari, his criminal-turned-politician sibling, was also convicted in the same case and sentenced to ten years in prison.

The brothers were charged under the UP Gangsters Act for the November 29, 2005 murder of former Ghazipur MLA Krishnanad Rai and the captivity and murder of Varanasi-based trader Nand Kishore Rungta in 1997.

“Afzal Ansari, Member of Lok Sabha representing the Ghazipur Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh, stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction, i.e. 29 April 2023 in terms of the provisions of Article 102(1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,” according to a notification from the Lok Sabha secretariat.

The incident prompted tension in the area, with Keshavnagar residents observing a bandh to protest the murder and demand harsh punishment for the perpetrators.

Recently, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lost his Lok Sabha seat after being found guilty in a 2019 defamation case and sentenced to two years in prison.

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