Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh`s Chief Minister-designate Akhilesh Yadav has said he will seek an
election to the state`s Legislative Council instead of contesting an Assembly by-poll.
With this, he will be following the footsteps of his
predecessor and BSP supremo Mayawati, who had opted for the
Council after becoming the Chief Minister in 2007.
Akhilesh made this announcement yesterday after returning
from New Delhi.
"I will become member of Vidhan Parishad. Some MLAs have offered resignation for me so that I can contest Assembly by-polls. But it will not be fair as people of their areas who voted for them have expectations," he said.
Currently a member of the Lok Sabha from Kannauj
constituency, the SP leader will be required to become member
of either Vidhan Parishad or Vidhan Sabha within six months of
being sworn in as the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, the SP leader also took a dig at Mayawati`s
claim of cornering his party in the Rajya Sabha, saying that
it would have been better if Mayawati had stayed in Vidhan
"Who will she corner in Rajya Sabha... Prime Minister"
On inviting Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general
secretary Rahul Gandhi for his swearing in ceremony, Akhilesh
said it was a tradition to invite leaders of all political
Akhilesh, who will be the 33rd Chief Minister of the
state, will be taking oath tomorrow as the youngest person to
hold the top post.