Lucknow, Mar 22: Mafia don and jailed BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari and SP legislator Hari Om Yadav have been barred from voting in Rajya Sabha biennial elections in Uttar Pradesh, scheduled for Friday. Mukhtar Ansari and Hari Om Yadav won’t be allowed to cast his vote following an order by the Allahabad High Court, reported news agency ANI. Also Read - 'Corona Mata' Temple Built in Prayagraj Village Demolished. Here's Why

Earlier today, the Election Commission allowed Mukhtar Ansari and Hari Om Yadav to vote in Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh. Following EC’s permission, the two legislators withdrew their applications filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking permission to vote in the Rajya Sabha biennial polls. Also Read - Akali Dal Inks Poll Pact With Mayawati's BSP For Punjab Assembly Election 2022

However, the court has now barred them from taking part in the voting process. Yadav is lodged in Firozabad jail while Ansari is in Banda jail for the past 10 months. Also Read - UP Weekend Lockdown: All Districts Under Covid Curfew For 2 Days | Full List of Restrictions

Voting to elect 10 Rajya Sabha members from Uttar Pradesh will be held on Friday. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded nine candidates while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) have fielded one candidate each.