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BSP will contest all 403 seats in UP, but Mayawati won't

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will field its candidates on all 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, but the party supremo Mayawati will not not contest the upcoming Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. BSP general secretary SC Misra said in Lucknow that he too will not contest the state election. Since elections are being held in several states, including Punjab and Uttarakhand, along with Uttar Pradesh, the BSP president will not contest the polls and help party candidates win, Misra said. 

The former chief minister is currently neither a legislator nor a parliamentarian. She has has never contested an Assembly election in the state in the past. Misra is a Rajya Sabha member. Mayawati had expressed concern over the "increasing" use of religion in politics during elections and said the Election Commission must curb this worrying trend. She also urged the Election Commission to check the “tendency” in the ruling BJP of “violating” the model code of conduct. 

Commenting on SP chief Akhilesh Yadav's claim that his party will win 400 seats, Mishra said: "If Samajwadi Party does not have 400 candidates, how will it win 400 seats?" "Neither SP nor BJP will come to power, BSP is going to form the govt in Uttar Pradesh," he added.The four-time Chief Minister of UP has been active only on Twitter. She sometimes issues a press note. A few days ago, Mayawati tweeted about the PM’s security breach and criticised the Punjab government where her party is contesting elections in alliance with the Akali Dal.

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