Bihar’s gangster-turned-politician Anant Singh was released on Sunday from Beur jail in Patna on 15-day parole on medical grounds.
The five-time MLA from Mokama was admitted to the IGIMS Hospital in Patna for treatment. His wife, Neelam Devi, is currently an MLA from the Mokama Assembly seat
Singh was serving a 10-year prison sentence in Beur jail for violating the Arms Act, after an AK-47 rifle was recovered from his residence in August 2019. An FIR was lodged against him under the newly amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) (UAPA) Act. The MP-MLA court had sentenced him to 10 years of imprisonment.
After getting released from jail, Anant Singh was welcomed by a huge number of supporters.
Mokama assembly constituency falls under the Munger Lok Sabha seat where polling will be held on May 13.
The 40 seats in Bihar are undergoing polls in all seven phases. In 2019, BJP-led NDA swept the state by winning 39 out of 40 seats, while Congress won just one seat. RJD, a formidable force in the state failed to open its account.
Janata Dal-United (JDU) has fielded Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh from Munger.
The Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance), the opposition coalition in Bihar, including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, and Left parties, recently announced that the RJD, its largest constituent, is contesting on 26 out of the state’s 40 Lok Sabha seats.
While, as part of the NDA, BJP and JD(U) are contesting 17 and 16 seats, respectively. Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) is contesting on five seats, and Jitan Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and the Rashtriya Lok Morcha on one seat each. (ANI)