BSP not to contest by-poll to LS, assembly till 2012

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati today said her party will not contest any by-election to the Lok Sabha or the state legislature and instead concentrate on the 2012 assembly elections.

Last Updated: Jun 07, 2010, 23:28 PM IST

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and
BSP supremo Mayawati today said her party will not contest any
by-election to the Lok Sabha or the state legislature and
instead concentrate on the 2012 assembly elections.

"With an objective of expanding party`s base and
strengthen the organisation before 2012 assembly polls..., the
BSP Supremo has decided not to contest any by-election for Lok
Sabha and the state assembly further," a party spokesman said
here.

However, the party would contest by-elections to Rajya
Sabha and the state legislative council, he said.

On the BSP`s victory in Doomariyaganj by-election,
Mayawati said the outcome proved that people are "fully
satisfied with the policies and programmes of the BSP
government."

"Party`s victory in majority of the by-elections held
after Lok Sabha polls has exposed the canard being spread by
the opposition parties that the BSP was finished," she said in
a statement.

She alleged that in a bid to prevent BSP gaining power
at the Centre, BJP, Congress and SP entered into a tacit
understanding.

Mayawati alleged that these parties transferred their
votes to each others winning candidates in a bid to ensure
defeat of BSP nominees during Lok Sabha polls.

"The conspiracy of the opposition parties got exposed
immediately after the Lok Sabha election and this was the
reason why our party won 13 out of 16 recent by-elections,"
Mayawati said.

PTI