Mayawati files Rajya Sabha papers,to focus on national politics

With 80 MLAs,BSP can send 2 members to Rajya Sabha; Maya wants stronger national portfolio.

Written by Agencies | Lucknow | Published: March 13, 2012 11:54:23 am

Outgoing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP president Mayawati today filed her nomination for the Rajya Sabha.

After the BSP’s defeat at the hustings,there was speculation about Mayawati entering the Upper House from the state.

She had earlier held meetings of party leaders to discuss the coming biennial polls to the Upper House.

After filing her papers,Mayawati said her party has decided to be more vocal in Parliament,more so since the general elections were near. She also said being in Parliament would give her a better opportunity to highlight the Samajwadi Party’s ‘atrocities’ in the state.

”The party felt… if I go to Parliament,I could raise these issues there,” she told reporters here.

The BSP chief also said,”Partymen have said I should increase the party’s support base all over the country and not just in UP. They said they would not want me to devote all my time here… now that the Lok Sabha elections are near,I am free to devote my time to increase my base all over the country.”

Her party colleague and Rajya Sabha member Munkad Ali,whose term would be coming to an end soon,also filed nomination along with her.

BSP last night had decided to send Ali for another term after party legislators and officer bearers raised their objections to the nomination of retired bureaucrats.

Mayawati’s cabinet secretary Shahshak Shekhar Singh was also in the race for the Rajya Sabha.

The BSP chief is presently the member of the UP Legislative Council and would be resigning from the House on her election to the Rajya Sabha.

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