Mayawati to not contest in Lok Sabha election

Mayawati said that she had resigned from the Rajya Sabha to further the BSP ‘movement’, but considering the current political situation, she decided not to contest now

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Highlights

  • Mayawati announced on Wednesday she will not contest in this election.
  • The coalition of SP-BSP is fighting in Uttar Pradesh and a few other States as well.
  • ‘I am fully convinced that my party will appreciate my decision,’ the BSP chief said

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati announced on Wednesday that she would not contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. She stressed that winning more seats for the SP-BSP combine was more important than her own victory.
In Uttar Pradesh, there is a coalition of SP-BSP and this coalition is fighting together in a few other States as well.

Mayawati said further that she could win elections from anywhere. She just has to fill in the nomination paper; the rest will be handled by BSP workers.

But her personal victory does not count much; the SP-BSP-RLD combine winning elections in maximum seats does, she said. She said, “We have a strong coalition with SP, RLD and we will definitely defeat the BJP.”

While announcing she would not contest this election, Mayawati said, “I am fully convinced that my party will appreciate my decision. If I want, I can contest in an election later.”

Mayawati said that she had resigned from the Rajya Sabha, keeping in mind the BSP ‘movement’, but considering the current political situation, she has decided not to contest the Lok Sabha elections. In a dialogue with reporters in Lucknow, she said that she would not contest, but will campaign for SP and BSP candidates.