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Abu Salem to contest UP Assembly elections

October 22, 2006 21:18 IST

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Extradited gangster Abu Salem, who is cooling his heels in the central prison in Mumbai, has decided to contest the upcoming UP Assembly elections from the Mubarakpur constituency as an Independent, his lawyer Ashok Sarogi said on Sunday.

Nearly 20,000 posters and banners of the Gandhi topi and kurta clad don have been put up across the Western UP constituency wishing the people for Id and Diwali as part of a "goodwill-cum-sympathy" campaign for the gangster, Sarogi told PTI in Mumbai.

He claimed that the local unit of the Shiv Sena has already announced support for Salem. He said talks were on with some other political parties for support, but he did not name them.

"Star value is very important in Uttar Pradesh. Bollywood actors and starlets will also be campaigning for Salem though it is premature to reveal their names now. But all of them will be present-day stars and not from yesteryears," Sarogi claimed.

Salem's family members will be managing the campaign for the don, who is currently in high-security Arthur Jail in Mumbai.

Salem was extradited from Portugal in November 2005 and booked in eight cases, including the 1993 bomb blasts and the murders of builder Pradeep Jain and Ajit Dewani, former secretary of actress Manisha Koirala.

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Sub: We Indians deserve this

Every single Indian deserves to be ruled by traitors like Abu Salem. Why should they complain when they dont bother to do something themselves to ...

Posted by Nitin Alabur

Sub: Mockery of democracy..

Dear Readers, There is no use of barking like dogs. If we can pull the politicians out of the parliament and burn them alive, we ...

Posted by Md. Yazed Alam Khan

Sub: why such a hulla-gulla

simply he should have opened his eyelids before mulayam and congress and there should have been no need for this advt.we get our jawans killed ...

Posted by lalitkumar

Sub: Kingpin

India will never comeup untill they curb or arrest these activities which leads to catastrophe.

Posted by bob

Sub: no wonder....

indians are so shameless..... no wonder if he is a winner....

Posted by Bharath



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