BSP not to contest local body polls: Mayawati
Press Trust Of India
Lucknow, March 11, 2012
Outgoing chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samaj Party
leader Mayawati speaks to the media during a press conference after
submitting her resignation, in Lucknow. AP/Rajesh Kumar Singh
Smarting under poll debacle, BSP on Sunday expressed fears about
return of 'goondaraj' in Uttar Pradesh and said it would not contest
the upcoming local body polls, apprehending that the ruling Samajwadi
Party might target its candidates.
"SP's record has always been bad in this
regard. Under such circumstances not only there is question on free
and fair conduct of forthcoming local bodies elections, but there is
also apprehension of large scale violence and loss of lives of our
men, which I cannot tolerate," BSP supremo Mayawati said addressing a
national workers convention in Lucknow.
Announcing that the BSP had to take some strong decisions under the
prevailing circumstances, she ruled out BSP's participation in any
election in the state which is not held directly under the supervision
of the election commission or the central forces.
"Barring Lok Sabha and assembly elections, polls of local bodies and
panchayat are not held under direct supervision of the EC and CPMF,
but are conducted by state election machinery and police," the former
chief minister said.
"As a result of this the BSP has decided not to contest any election,
including forthcoming local bodies elections, which is not held under
the supervision of the EC and CPMF...if any party leader or
office-bearer participate in it then he will be immediately
suspended," she said.
She said the decision was taken to protect the partymen from loss of
life or property.
The BSP chief alleged that free and fair elections were not possible
under SP government with its administration and police.
She said the recently concluded elections had exposed the bitter truth
that despite a difference of 24.5 lakh votes, SP got absolute majority
in the Assembly as compared to BSP.
"Now the SP people are claiming election results to be a mandate in
their favour. They are considering that after this they have also got
mandate to estbalish jungleraj and goondaraj in the state," she
She said after recent incidents of violence apprehensions of return of
goondaraj were being expressed.
"This is a matter of concern. It is a matter of special concern for
the BSP as partymen are being targeted ," she alleged.
Civic body polls are due to be held in Uttar Pradesh this year for
which the dates have not been announced.
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