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Civic polls: BSP not to field candidates

india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 01:21 IST
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THE ELEPHANT (Bahujan Samajwadi Party) has decided to be a spectator and watch the performance of the cycle (Samajwadi Party), lotus (Bharatiya Janata Party) and hand (Congress) in the urban local bodies polls.

BSP supremo Mayawati took a ‘U-turn’ and decided not to field candidates in the coming elections after feedback from party coordinators and district presidents.

Party’s poor performance in the polls might have adverse impact on its fortunes in the crucial Vidhan Sabha elections, the report said.

The party was not on a strong wicket in urban areas. Any dissatisfaction among party workers over ticket distribution might demoralise them, it further added.

National general secretary of BSP Naseemuddin Siddiqui informed that Mayawati was likely to make an announcement in this regard in Lucknow by October 3, when the filing of nominations for the Nagar Nigams, Nagar Palika Parishads and Nagar Panchayats begins.

Mayawati’s decision of not fielding candidates has surprised her rival political parties and the BSP ticket aspirants alike.

Earlier, in July, Mayawati had asked the party cadre to start preparing for the urban local bodies elections. She had announced that the party would field its candidates for all the posts and directed party leaders to complete the selection of candidates by August 15.

In the 2000 urban bodies elections, the BSP had secured 13.48 per cent votes, bagging the post of mayor in Meerut and 331 posts in various Nagar Palika Parishads. There was straight contest between the BJP and SP candidates then as the BJP was in power.

“With the SP forming government in the State, political scenario has changed and the contest would be between the BSP and SP candidates in the Vidhan Sabha elections.

Therefore, the ruling party would leave no stone unturned to ensure defeat of the BSP candidates in the civic polls,” a BSP leader said.

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