The Bhim Army chief's decision comes nearly a month after he announced to contest against PM Modi. Azad was also termed as a BJP agent and accused of dividing Dalit votes by Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, a few days earlier.
The police's response came when the high court was hearing a petition moved by the outfit seeking permission to conduct a public meeting in Pune on Sunday. The court has deferred the hearing for January 4.
"When someone is booked under the NSA, it is not for life. It is first imposed for three months and if the district administration feels it necessary, then it is extended for the next three more months and so on," UP Law Minister Brijesh Pathak said.
"I believe I can do better work for my community if I stay away from politics. I fear the corrupting power of politics. If ever I feel there is a need for it, I will promote a suitable candidate. But I will not fight elections myself."
The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday revoked the National Security Act (NSA) charges against Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar alias Ravan and ordered his early release after considering a representation submitted by his mother.