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BSP will not contest by-polls on 12 seats in UP: Mayawati

LiveMint logoLiveMint 30-05-2014 PTI

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party will not contest by-elections on 12 seats in Uttar Pradesh, which would fall vacant due to the legislators being elected as MPs, party supremo Mayawati said on Friday.

“Generally, in by-elections, central Election Commission is not involved directly. Due to this, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) had misused official machinery in these elections. That is why we will not spend our energy in by-elections,” Mayawati told reporters.

“We will do preparations for Assembly polls. There is a possibility that this (SP) government may fall within a year and mid-term polls will be held,” she said. Mayawati added she would remain in Delhi and strengthen the party in the states where elections are due in the next two years.

In Uttar Pradesh, 12 legislators—11 of Bharatiya Janata Party and one from its ally Apna Dal—have been elected as MPs in the recent Lok Sabha polls and so by-elections are due in the near future.

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