BSP not to contest local body polls Maya

By: | Updated: 11 Mar 2012 09:46 PM

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.

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 alleged.

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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First Published: 11 Mar 2012 09:46 PM
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