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Anant Singh, gangster and politician, was released on parole just days before the elections in Mokama

He emerged from Beur Jail, on the outskirts of Patna, in the early hours and reached his parental home in Mokama, about 100 km away, in an ambulance.

A swarm of supporters greeted Singh, who was disqualified from his fourth consecutive term as MLA from Mokama after his conviction, but the seat was retained by his wife Neelam Devi.

Slogans in praise of “Chhote Sarkar”, the nickname he enjoys in his homeland, rent the air even as Singh declared “a victory by over 4 lakh votes for JD(U)’s former president Rajiv Ranjan Singh” Lalan” .

Lalan, a key aide to the CM, is trying to retain the Munger Lok Sabha seat, under which Mokama falls. Voting will take place in the constituency on May 13.

Interestingly, Neelam Devi had contested against Lalan in 2019 on a ticket from Congress, the RJD’s junior ally in Bihar.

Singh, who was once known to be close to the CM, had burned his bridges by then and in 2020 he contested the Assembly elections on an RJD ticket.

Singh and his supporters had roundly blamed Lalan for a ‘conspiracy’ when grenades and rocket launchers were seized from his Mokama residence, leading to the UAPA case.

A few months ago, when Nitish Kumar pulled the plug on a short-lived alliance with RJD and returned to the BJP-led NDA, Neelam Devi switched sides.

RJD spokesperson Mrityunjay Tiwari targeted the Nitish Kumar government over Singh’s release from jail.

“Here is a government that appears to be seeking parole itself, let alone the release of one person. Everyone knows how this government was formed in Bihar. Some favors need to be returned,” Tiwari noted.

The release of Singh, whose influence extends beyond Mokama, is seen as an attempt to galvanize upper-caste Bhumihars in favor of the NDA in Munger.

The RJD has targeted Kumari Anita, wife of dreaded gangster Ashok Mahto, who is known as a staunch critic of upper caste dominance in society and politics. PTI NAC SOM

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