Ansari had earlier pulled out his candidature from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat to avoid possible division of Muslim votes between BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.

Ansari, who is currently lodged in Agra’s Central Jail since 2010 in connection with the murder of BJP legislator Krishnand Rai, had contested the 2009 polls from Varanasi against senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. Joshi had won the seat by a margin of 17,000 votes.

Sources close to Ansari said that he had completed the formalities of contesting the Lok Sabha polls from inside the jail after the Returning Officer of Mau cleared his candidature for Ghosi.

On Tuesday, Ansari’s brother and QED chief said his party will support Kejriwal if he emerges as the strongest candidate with a potential to defeat Modi.

However, a final decision in this regard will be taken at a meeting of the party workers on April 29, he added.


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