BSP to contest all eight seats in bypolls

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BSP to contest all eight seats in bypolls

Thursday, 17 September 2020 | PNS | Lucknow


The upcoming by-elections to eight Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, being termed as mini state elections before the 2022 polls, would be a four cornered contest with Bahujan Samaj Party announcing to contest on all the seats.
In Madhya Pradesh also, BSP is contesting elections on all the 22 seats in the bypolls.
The announcement to contest in UP was made by the party here on Wednesday. It said that the incharge of these eight assembly seats would be appointed very soon.
Earlier, the BSP stayed away from bypolls but after facing a humiliating defeat in the last UP Assembly elections in 2017, Mayawati changed her mind and announced that her party would also contest bypolls.
Sources in the party said that the sector incharge would announce the names of the incharges after getting approval from party president Mayawati.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party and the Congress have already announced to contest the bypolls that are scheduled to be held along with the Bihar Assembly polls in the next two months.
Though both the Congress and the BSP have nothing to lose in these bypolls as out of these eight seats, six were held by BJP and two by SP. But if Congress and BSP perform well and even win a seat, their fate in the 2022 Assembly polls will brighten. 
The BJP has already started the process for selection of its candidates for these seats while the SP is inviting applications from the candidates.
The Congress on Wednesday announced committees for selection of the candidates for each seat.
The seats where the bypolls are slated are Naugaon Sadat (Amroha), Bulandshahr, Tundla (Firozabad), Swar (Rampur), Bangarmau (Unnao), Ghatampur (Kanpur Dehat), Malhani (Jaunpur) and Deoria Sadar.

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