Atique Ahmed

Atique Ahmed – Wikipedia

Atique Ahmed (born 10 August 1962) is an Indian criminal-politician[1][2][3] belonging to the Samajwadi Party. In 2004-2009, he was an SP member of the 14th Lok Sabha from the Phulpur (Lok Sabha Constituency) in Uttar Pradesh. From 1999-2003 he was the president of the Apna Dal, founded by Sone Lal Patel.[4]

According to his affidavit in 2014 elections, he has declared that there are 42 cases pending against him, including 6 charges of murder, and 6 for attempted murder, and 4 of kidnapping and abduction.[5] The most sensational murder was that of BSP MLA Raju Pal, who had defeated Atique’s brother Ashraf in the 2004 National elections.

Ahmed has fought several elections from jail, lodged under various charges.[6][7] On 15 December 2016, he was arrested once again for assaulting staff of the Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences.[8]

2009 General Elections[edit source]

In the 2009 General Elections, Aatiq Ahmad was allowed to run for election (since he was yet to be convicted in any case).[9] However, the Samajwadi Party had expelled him in 2008, and Mayawati refused him a ticket under BSP,[10] so he stood from the Apna Dal party from Pratapgarh, but he lost (ranked fourth).[11]

Elections in 2012 and 2014[edit source]

In Uttar Pradesh Elections 2012, Ahmed fought under the Apna Dal banner from the Allahabad (West) constituency. He filed his nomination from jail.[12] He had appealed for bail but 10 judges of the Allahabad High Court refused to hear the case. The 11th judge finally took up the matter and he was released on bail before the Elections.[6] However, the seat went to Raju Pal’s widow, Puja Pal.

In 2014, he was taken back into the Samajwadi Party and fought the National Elections from the Shrawasti (Lok Sabha constituency). He managed to secure a quarter of the votes, but lost by nearly a lakh votes to Daddan Mishra of the BJP.