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UP Election Surprise: Almost 6 INDI Bloc MPs Could Lose Their Parliamentary Seats | Discover Why

Lucknow: In an unexpected turn of events after the election, at least six recently elected Members of Parliament in Uttar Pradesh are facing criminal accusations that may result in a sentence of more than two years in prison.

These MPs run the possibility of losing their seats in Parliament if they are found guilty and given sentences of two years or more.

MPs will be automatically disqualified by Section 8(3) of the Representation of People Act, 1951 (RPA) should they be found guilty of any crime and given a minimum two-year jail term.

Unknown MPs in the UP Election
In the Gangster Act case, Afzal Ansari, the Samajwadi Party’s chosen candidate for the Lok Sabha from the Ghazipur constituency, was found guilty and given a four-year term. He was able to contest the elections after the Allahabad High Court granted a stay on his sentence last month.

The hearing on the subject is scheduled for July, when the court reopens after a summer break. Ansari may not be able to continue serving in Parliament if the court maintains the conviction.

Four charges are still ongoing against Dharmendra Yadav, who defeated Dinesh Lal Yadav, the sitting MP, to win the Azamgarh seat. In the event of a conviction lasting more than two years, he might potentially be removed from Parliament.

After winning the Jaunpur seat and escaping his ten-year political exile, Babu Singh Kushwaha is now dealing with many issues, including the NRHM scandal that occurred under the Mayawati government when he served as a minister. Out of the 25 instances that have been brought against him, eight of them include charges.

Eight complaints, one under the Gangsters Act, have been filed against Rambhual Nishad, who defeated Maneka Gandhi of the BJP to win the Sultanpur seat. He’s also one of the ‘vulnerable’ candidates for the Lok Sabha in 2024.

Virendra Singh, a fellow BJP MP from Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency who dethroned former minister Mahendra Nath Pandey, is being investigated for major crimes that might result in his removal from the legislature if found guilty for a period longer than two years.

On a Congress ticket, Imran Masood won the Lok Sabha seat for Saharanpur. The Enforcement Directorate has filed a money laundering charge against him. In two incidents, the investigation agency has filed accusations against him.

A number of prominent figures, such as Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, were convicted of crimes in the past and thus lost their membership in the Lok Sabha.

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