From Pradeep Kapoor
LUCKNOW: Mayawati’s decision that her party BSP will not contest by-elections for 12 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, will help BJP in a big way.
It would be worth mentioning here that former chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati had earlier announced that her party would not contest by-elections as Samajwadi Party will misuse the official machinery in favour of SP candidates.
Former chief minister Mayawati had said that since there would not be direct involvement of central election commission in the by-elections, her party would not waste energy in these elections.
The fact remains that these vacancies were created as 11 MLAs from BJP and one from Apna Dal had won to Lok Sabha and Mulayam Singh Yadav who had also won from Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency vacated his Mainpuri seat.
At a time when Congress has yet to recover from humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha polls,