Ending speculations on her candidature days before the first phase of election 2019 begins, Speaker of Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan on Friday said to the media that she won’t be contesting the upcoming polls. This comes a day after another veteran leader of the BJP, LK Advani, wrote a blog post talking on a range of topics and stated that it is “Nation first, party next, self last" for him - his first statement since it was revealed that he would not be contesting the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha election for the first time on almost 20 years.
Mahajan said to the media that she is making it clear to the party that she won’t be contesting and that the party is now free to make a choice of candidate for her Lok Sabha seat of Indore in Madhya Pradesh. She added that she has come to the conclusion after a lot of thinking.
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Sumitra has spoken clearly about her contesting this year, stating:
“I decided to end them and free the party to make its choice. I will not contest Lok Sabha elections.
I decided not to contest after thinking over it," she told media.
The BJP, this year will see a lot of its veterans not contesting the elections. Apart from Mahajan and LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi will also not be contesting from his Kanpur seat.
Highlighting that she has never asked the party for nomination despite being an eight-time MP from Indore. Mahajan said:
I did not seek ticket from the Indore seat in 1989 when I first contested the Lok Sabha elections. The party on its own made me its candidate. I have never demanded my nomination. There's no need to hesitate to take any decision, we all will work together for in the elections but from my side, the party is free to take any decision. " Mahajan said.
"Possibly, BJP organisation leaders have something on their mind. I cannot say anything until the BJP organisation speaks out," she said.
The Lok Sabha elections begin from April 11 and the counting of votes for the same is on May 23.