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LSE graduate in UP poll fray
Santosh K Joy | April 21, 2007 16:16 IST
With Rahul Gandhi vowing to work full time for Uttar Pradesh after the assembly polls, a team to aid him is already in the making and one obvious member is London School of Economics graduate Yusuf Ansari, the party's candidate in this constituency.
Ansari, 27, is the great-grandson of pre-independence Congress president Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari. He is set for a tough fight against nine others, including Samajwadi Party heavyweight Narendra Singh, when polls are held on Monday.
Like Rahul, Ansari too feels that it is time for a change in the state.
"The days of (Chief Minister) Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati are numbered. They are the Bunty and Babli of politics here. Now it's time for them to make way for change and development without any bias," he told PTI.
"I know it's a tough job but someone has to initiate things."
Ansari, a member of the state Congress committee, is the author of the widely publicised biography of party chief Sonia
A senior Congress leader, speaking on condition of anonimity, however, said: "One cannot deny that educated young
"He is not merely a Yusuf Ansari, rather he is 'sahabzada' Yusuf Ansari, as he is popularly known. I think
Ansari, who joined the department of policy planning in All India Congress Committee soon after his return from
"We as a party are committed to change and no one can stop it," he said.
The Gandhi family's efforts to ensure Ansari's victory were evident when Railway Minister Lalu Prasad of the RJD, an
"There was a request from the top-most level to Laluji to campaign for Ansari. He was here in Ramnagar for a rally.
When the results for the polls in this constituency are announced, they will provide a peep into whether the