|Munna Shukla (top) and Annu Shukla. Telegraph pictures
Patna, Sept. 12: Convicted JD(U) legislator Vijay Kumar Shukla alias Munna Shukla has tossed his case in the people’s court. The MLA from Lalganj in Vaishali district has sought their mandate for his wife Annu Shukla.
“Now I am in a quagmire and you alone can take me out,” Munna Shukla has appealed in a written statement sent to the electorate of his constituency from Hajipur district jail.
Shukla, who is serving life-term in connection with the murder of former minister Brij Bihari Prasad, said in the statement, “Now my wife, Annu Shukla, is a confirmed JD(U) nominee from Lalganj Assembly constituency. You vote for her as you have been extending support to me so far.”
Reminding the electorate of the constituency he has been representing since 2000, Shukla said this was the time when he was in dire need of their (people’s) help.
“At that time I was in jail and you dragged me out from the quagmire by putting your strength behind me,” he said.
The written statement, a copy of which is in the possession of The Telegraph, said Shukla was in jail when he first contested the elections in 2000 as an Independent candidate. “When I came out, I had to move around the court and I am again in jail now,” the statement read.
Shukla said that instead of him, his wife would raise the issues plaguing Lalganj in the Assembly.
“You are aware of my constraints. I will not be physically present but I assure you that you will not feel any difference as you have already accepted Annu as your bahan, beti and bahu (sister, daughter and daughter-in-law),” the statement read.
Shukla, brother of slain underworld don of north Bihar Kaushalendra Shukla alias Chhotan Shukla, was earlier convicted by a lower court in connection with the murder of then Gopalganj district magistrate G. Krishnaiyyah.
Patna High Court later acquitted him.
A law graduate from BRA Bihar University (Muzaffarpur), Shukla said: “I have full faith in judiciary and I hope justice will be done to us sooner or later.” To sum up his appeal to the voters, Shukla’s statement read: “Uth jag musafir bhor bhayo, ub rain kahan jo sobat hai, jo sobat hai so khobat hai.”
Shukla came into limelight after the murder of his two elder brothers Chhotan and Bhutkun Shukla allegedly at the behest of their archrival, Brij Bihari Prasad.
Chhotan, who was all set to contest the Assembly elections from Kesaria in East Champaran district on the ticket of erstwhile Bihar People’s Party in 1994, was killed on the outskirts of Muzaffarpur town.
Chhotan’s wife Kiran Shukla had unsuccessfully contested the election.
Bhutkun was shot dead by his private bodyguard at his native village Khajahanchak in Vaishali district.
Munna Shukla is not the lone bahubali (muscleman) in Bihar who was debarred from contesting elections after being convicted in criminal cases. Former Sheohar MP Anand Mohan and former RJD MP from Siwan Mohammad Shahabuddin have also been convicted by the court of law.
While Mohan has been awarded life-term in connection with the murder of G. Krishnaiyah, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, Shahabuddin has been convicted in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of a CPI(ML) worker Chotelal Gupta.
While Mohan’s wife Lovely Anand is expected to contest the ensuing Assembly elections as a Congress nominee, Shahabuddin’s wife Heena Sahab has been tipped to contest the election on the ticket of the RJD, possibly from Siwan.
Another bahubali Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav’s wife Ranjeeta Ranjan has also joined the Congress. Pappu is at present lodged in Beur Central Jail in connection with the murder of former Purnea legislator Ajit Sarkar.