Atiq Khan

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is in the fray for the State Legislative Council elections, scheduled to be held on June 10.

The notification for the biennial elections was announced by the Election Commission of India on Monday.

Polls in the State will be held for 13 seats.

Her name figures in the list of eight Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidates, whose names were announced at a meeting of party MLAs and MLCs in Lucknow on Monday.

The list was declared by Ms. Mayawati in her capacity as president of the BSP. Others in the list are: Rishipal, Satish Chand Jatav, Ram Kumar Kureel, Subodh Parashar, Mohammad Athar Khan, Vinod Chauhan and Lalchand.

Rajya Sabha elections

Names of seven BSP candidates for Rajya Sabha polls, scheduled to be held on June 17, were also declared. The list includes the name of BSP general-secretary and the chairman of Uttar Pradesh Advisory Council Satish Chandra Mishra, Ambed Rajan and Jugal Kishore.

Ms. Mayawati is a sitting member of the Upper House of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature, but her term, along with those of 12 other MLCs, expires on July 6 and the biennial polls have to be held before that date. She was elected to the Vidhan Parishad in 2007, following a by-election, soon after assuming charge as Chief Minister.

Other MLCs due to retire on July 6 are: BSP — Narendra Kashyap; Samajwadi Party — Anwar Ahmed, Yashwant Singh, Ram Asrey Vishwakarma, Ram Naresh Yadav and Subhash Chandra Yadav; Bharatiya Janata Party — J.P. Chaturvedi and Swatantra Dev Singh; Congress — Naseeb Pathan; Rashtriya Lok Dal — Munna Singh Chauhan and Hari Singh Dhillon.

Corrections and ClarificationsThe seventh paragraph of a report "Mayawati in fray for Legislative Council polls" (May 25, 2010) was "Ms. Mayawati is a sitting member of the Upper House of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature, but her term, along with those of 12 other MLCs, expires on July 6 and the biennial polls have to be held before that date. She was elected to the Vidhan Parishad in 2007, following a by-election, soon after assuming charge as Chief Minister." A reader said that out of 12 MLCs whose retirement date is July 6, 2010, an MLC Dr. Seema Rizvi passed away on August 19, 2009.

The writer clarifies: Vidhan Parishad elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held for 13 seats -- 12 whose members retire on July 6, 2010 and a vacant seat. The vacancy was caused by the death of Dr. Seema Rizvi of the BJP in August 2009.