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Lok Sabha Elections: Mayawati Says, 'I Won't Contest Polls And Can Vacate A Seat'

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| March 20 , 2019 , 13:55 IST

Uttar Pradesh politician Mayawati said that she would not contest the April-May national election she would rather campaign for the candidates of her BSP and that of ally Samajwadi Party.

According to the media reports, the former chief minister said "I won't contest polls. I am confident that my party will completely understand my decision. I can contest later if I wish," in Lucknow.

During the interaction with media Mayawati said: "Our coalition is doing good...I can vacate a seat and contest for the Lok Sabha later if I want," Mayawati announced in a press conference. But for the good of the country and the people, I don't want to contest the polls right now.”

Earlier BSP joined hands with rival Samajwadi party to contest on UP seats.

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According to BJP’s own calculations, an SP-BSP alliance may cost the party at least 25-30 seats in the state in the general elections. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BSP got nearly 20 percent votes in Uttar Pradesh becoming the third largest after BJP (42.3 percent) and Samajwadi Party (22.2 percent) -- although it has failed to win a single seat.

Amid the clues given by the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, the Congress had last week said it was open to an alliance in UP with any party that wants to "free" the people from BJP rule.