Mayawati won’t contest LS polls, but says she can still be PM

Prime News, National (New Delhi), March 21:- Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, after announcing on Wednesday that she would not contest next month’s national election, dropped a broad hint that the decision doesn’t rule her out of the race for prime minister. A person can become a parliamentarian within six months of holding the office of prime minister or minister, she pointed out in tweets that urged BSP workers not to lose heart.

“When I became UP CM first time in 1995 I was not a member of either UP Assembly or Council. Similarly is provision at the Centre where a person has to be an LS/RS member within 6 months of holding the office of minister/PM. Don’t be disheartened from my decision not to contest LS poll now (sic),” posted Mayawati, 63.

Mayawati, who has teamed up with her bitter rival Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha polls, said on Wednesday she wanted to focus on campaigning for the candidates of her BSP and that of ally Samajwadi Party.

“I won’t contest polls. I am confident that my party will completely understand my decision. Our coalition is doing well. I can vacate a seat and contest later if I wish,” the former chief minister told reporters in Lucknow.

Akhilesh Yadav, who has often dodged questions on who he sees as prime minister, had in January indicated that he would back Mayawati for the top job.

Addressing a joint press conference to announce their gathbandhan or grand alliance in January, Akhilesh Yadav had said he would be “happy if the PM was from his home state (UP)”. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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