National » Other States

Updated: March 12, 2012 00:12 IST

BSP will not contest civic polls: Mayawati

Special Correspondent
Comment (4)   ·   print   ·   T  T  
BSP chief Mayawati greets party workers at a meeting in Lucknow on Sunday.
BSP chief Mayawati greets party workers at a meeting in Lucknow on Sunday.

‘Free and fair elections not possible under the SP government'

The outgoing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, still smarting under the defeat in the Assembly elections, has decided that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not contest the local bodies polls due to be held later this year.

Ms. Mayawati said the decision had been taken to protect the BSP workers from becoming victims of poll violence. She alleged that the formation of the Samajwadi Party government had signalled the return of the ‘goonda raj.'

Ms. Mayawati said the civic polls would not be supervised by the Election Commission and manned by the Central forces, but would be held under the State Election Commission and the security agencies of the State. She added that free and fair elections were not possible under the SP government.

The BSP president was addressing a convention of national party workers here on Sunday.

She said the decision not to contest the civic polls was taken to prevent the loss of “life and property” of the BSP workers.

For the BSP's loss, she blamed the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. “While the Congress announced 4.5 per cent reservation for the minorities in a bid to woo the Muslims, the BJP opposed it for getting OBC votes. The Muslims voted en masse for the Samajwadi Party.” She said there was a difference of 24.5 lakh votes between the seat count of the BSP and the SP, yet it left an impact on 144 seats.

Meanwhile, speculation is rife in BSP circles that Ms. Mayawati will go to the Rajya Sabha and give up her seat in the State Legislative Council. The notification for the Rajya Sabha polls for 10 seats from Uttar Pradesh will be issued on Monday, and the elections, if needed, would be held on March 30.

Having won 80 seats in the Assembly polls, the BSP can send two members to the Rajya Sabha. While, Ms. Mayawati is likely to be one of the party candidates, the name of the other member is yet to be finalised.

Mayawati has chosen to stay away from civic polls to save the face of her party. She knows prematurely writing on the wall .. SP sure will win what ever elections happens in UP in the near future. She is as good as any other politician when it comes to strategy making when one loses elections.

from:  shashi kiran j
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 21:14 IST

bhupender is right what has she done...used all the public money in building statues of herself...have you ever heard of someone building his/her own memorial..ha ha....This is the time for her to go away from politics, I think BSP will never come into power and should never come into power under her supervision.

from:  vikas
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 13:36 IST

what had you done in past 5 years so our people trust on bsp again...all
of our public money is wasted on statues....

from:  bhupender
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 00:48 IST

Ms.Mayawati who failed to digest the defeat, is trying to blame the center or other parties for the defeat.All parties tried too woo/lure the voters,but gave wise verdict.The votes of daliths/mulims/BCs & upper castes who once loved distanced her. As alleged by Mayawati, SP may not go berserk in the field of L&O.Akhilesh Yadav has already warned there will be no goondaraj.Instead of taking defeat in sportive spirit, she is trying to blame in silly manner.Mayawati who forgot the ethics to rule, in her power, pomp & glory went on installing her own idols despite alive.She closed her eyes against the corruption & other misdeeds of her rule.Instead of facing the local body elections boldly ,she is trying to hide or unable to show her face to people. So she is trying to blame the center or SP for ensuing rule.Other ploy may be, she wants to concentrate on Loksabha elections instead of wasting her efforts/money on local elections.

from:  S.Nagaraja Rao
Posted on: Mar 11, 2012 at 20:33 IST
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor





Recent Article in Other States

AAP leader Bhagwant Mann with Congress leaders and activists takes part in a candle light vigil against the Moga molestation case at the Civil Hospital in Moga on Sunday.

Moga standoff ends, girl cremated

Ending a four-day protest that had embarrassed the ruling Badal family, the father of the girl, molested and pushed to death from a movi... »