Merger with Samajwadi Party difficult says Mukhtar Ansari


Lucknow: Mafia don-turned-legislator Mukhtar Ansari on Tuesday ruled out the merger of his Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with the Samajwadi Party (SP) which is currently in power in Uttar Pradesh. "The QED-SP merger is difficult now, but we can forge an alliance. However, the final decision in this regard will be taken by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and QED president Afzal Ansari," he told reporters here after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav.

Mukhtar said the meeting, which lasted for over 45 minutes, was to apprise the two of the problems of his constituency. "There were no talks of any merger," he said, adding that the QED wants to defeat the "communal forces" and the party's poll strategy "will be decided accordingly".

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Meanwhile, QED president Afzal Ansari told that he had not received any proposal or indication from the SP for the revival of the merger. "If they invite us, we will think about it," he said.

It may be recalled that on June 21, a merger between the two parties was announced at the SP headquarters in the presence of Shivpal. However, three days later, it was called off by the SP parliamentary board.

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