Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said that she would not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Addressing a press conference, she said if she were in the fray the BSP workers would lose their focus. Her announcement came as a disappointment to BSP cadre and her supporters who had hoped that with her contesting, the party’s campaign would get galvanized unlike in 2014 when the BSP paid the costs of not having a clear goal.
Not to contest election is a “sacrifice” for the larger goal of uprooting the “arrogant, despotic, communal and casteist” BJP government, Said Mayawati
Mayawati said while taking to media in Lucknow, “Therefore, more important than me winning is to win each and every seat in the state, which will provide force to our party’s mission of social justice and economic liberation.”
The former UP Chief Minister said the decision was taken in the interest of the nation and the people, and keeping in mind the long-term goals of the BSP movement run on the ideals of B.R Ambedkar and Kanshiram.
Ms. Mayawati, a former MP and MLA as well, said she expected her party cadre to honour the “farsightedness and sacrifice” made by “apni behenji.”
She claimed that if she were in the fray, the campaign in other constituencies would be affected as her supporters would flock to ensure her victory.