Lucknow: Samajwadi Party on Tuesday reacted
sharply to Chief Minister Mayawati`s announcement that the BSP
would not contest any by-elections till the next assembly
polls in Uttar Pradesh, saying that the official machinery
had been fighting the battle of ballots for BSP ever since it
came to power.
"Why should the BSP contest elections when the
administration is contesting it for the party and official
machinery would do the same in future also", SP`s national
spokesman Mohan Singh told newspersons here.
"In fact it is the administration which has been
contesting all elections for the BSP ever since it came to
power in the state", Mohan Singh said, adding that the same
had been the case in the Doomariyaganj assembly by-election
which the ruling party had won.
Flaying what he termed as the height of politicisation of
the administration, Singh said officials had been addressing
press conferences even on political issues.
Terming the result of Doomariyaganj assembly bypoll
as "not unexpected", Singh said it was in tune with the
showing in the Lok Sabha elections and blamed a small local
party for it.
"Smaller local parties having influence in one to two
assembly segments are fielded by the ruling party and they
spoil the politics of the state", Singh said, adding that his
party had taken this issue very seriously and would deliberate
on ways and means to counter it.