Dispel criminals from society for development of Mau: Yogi unveils Rs 203 crore projects

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday urged people to keep their distance from criminals and expel them from the system and mainstream society in a covert attack on jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari and his family, who have been winning elections in the Mau and Ghazipur districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh for several years.

On Thursday, Adityanath visited Mau to officially kick off roughly 47 development projects totaling Rs 203 crore. The event was conducted in the Mau Sadar assembly district where Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar’s son, recently won a seat as a state legislator on a Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) ticket.

Ansari has held the position of Mau’s MLA for five terms. Afzal, his brother, is a Ghazipur-based MP for the Bahujan Samaj Party. On a Samajwadi Party ticket, Ansari’s nephew Suhaib Ali alias Mannu won the 2022 elections in Mohammadabad, Ghazipur.

Ansari has been imprisoned since October 2005 as a result of his surrender in the Mau communal riot case, which resulted in the deaths of seven people. Abbas, his son, has been missing for more than a month and is wanted in connection with an alleged fraud and violation of an arms licence from 2019.

Adityanath urged the residents of Mau to consider progress and proceed in a positive manner. “…must keep their distance from crooks and such elements. They act as roadblocks to development. They will have to be banished from the system. No power will be able to block progress here once these mafias and criminals are expelled from mainstream society and punished in accordance with the law. As in Varanasi, Gorakhpur, and Lucknow, Mau will also experience development, according to Adityanath.

“The sin of mafia impediment to this area’s growth has been committed. The mafia continued to devastate this neighbourhood like termites. They stole the money intended for helping the poor and building development projects, the chief minister said, and used it to construct their own homes and havelis (palaces).

The government is forcing them and their families to make up for the sins they committed by acquiring properties for themselves and their families (swayam ke liye swayam ke parivar ke liye sampatti hadapne ka paap jo kiya hai aaj usi paap ki ki bharpai unse aur unke khandaan se sarkar karwa

Adityanath reaffirmed his government’s commitment to having “zero tolerance” for crime and criminals, saying that corrupt individuals and criminals will not be spared for causing trouble and impeding development, regardless of who they are.