She holds a Masters degree in international relations from London University, her sister is a Delhi-based fashion designer. Their father, mother and brother are behind bars, yet they are out to carry forward their family’s political legacy.
Tanushri Mani Tripathi, 27 and Alankrita Mani Tripathi, 24, are going door-to-door in villages of Nautanwa in Maharajganj to campaign for their brother Aman Mani Tripathi, 34, in jail for allegedly murdering his wife, Sara. Their father, Amar Mani Tripathi, a former minister, is serving life term along with wife Madhu Mani for murdering poetess Madhumita Shukla in 2003. Amar Mani is a four-time MLA from Nautanwa.
In the sleepy Barwa Kalan village, Tanushri, who runs a school in Gorakhpur, said: “We were kids when our parents were jailed in fake cases. Then, Aman contested polls and our opponents successfully got him implicated.” Aman Mani lost the 2012 polls from Nautanwa.
Aman claims that Sara, 27, died in a road accident, but the CBI arrested him in November 2016 after his in-laws lodged a murder case against him. Denied a ticket by Samajwadi Party, Aman may contest as an independent.
“You know what mantriji (Aman Mani) did for you. It’s time for you to pay back,” she summed up . Their father, Amar, represented Nautanwa four times till 2012, the last term from behind the bars on SP ticket.
In Rudlapur, younger sister Alankrita narrates their “ordeal”. “Circumstances forced me to share my plight with you. Today when your leader is not with you, what’s wrong in asking for support from you,” she said.
Sara’s mother, Seema Singh, in an appeal said “I request the people of Nautanwa not to vote for Aman Mani. He has murdered my innocent daughter with the help of his father and sisters.”
Aman has not been able to file nominations for want of permission from a CBI court.
(With inputs from Abdul Jadid)