Lucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati today went on to say that she would not contest the April-May Lok Sabha election and also added that she would rather campaign for the candidates of BSP and Samajwadi Party.
“I won’t contest polls. I am confident that my party will completely understand my decision. Our coalition is doing well. I can vacate a seat and contest later if I wish,” the former chief minister told reporters in Lucknow.
The BSP or Bahujan Samaj Party has teamed up with its bitter rival Samajwadi Party of Akhilesh Yadav to take on the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in the national polls from April 11 to May 19.
The four-time Chief Minister has been in parliament several times. She was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1994.
The 63-year-old was widely expected to opt out of the contest. Both Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav had made it clear that they would focus on the campaign and ensuring maximum wins for their gathbandhan.