Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party today decided
not to field its candidates in the forthcoming panchayat
elections in Uttar Pradesh.
"During the meeting of the state parliamentary board,
which was chaired by state president Akhilesh Yadav, it was
decided that the party will neither announce its official
candidates nor will it field SP nominees in the panchayat
elections," party Spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.
The board alleged that the panchayats were being kept
away from the right to development by the state government and
bureaucracy was being given preference over elected
representatives, he said.
The board also criticised construction of an
auditorium named after Dr Ambedkar on six acres of land
allotted to Lohia Law University terming saying it was against
The party warned that if the land was not given back
to the university then a similar policy would be followed
for parks and memorials being constructed during BSP regime
when SP gains power in the state.