Outgoing chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati speaks to the media during a press conference after submitting her resignation, in Lucknow. AP/Rajesh Kumar Singh
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 in Lucknow.
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.