Bhopal | Lok Sabha speaker and BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan announced that she will not be contesting the upcoming elections.
Sumitra Mahajan is an eight-time MP from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
She released a statement saying,” The Bharatiya Janata Party has not announced its candidate from Indore till date. Why is this indecision? It is possible the party is hesitant taking a call…Therefore, I announce that I will not contest the Lok Sabha elections. The party should take a decision with a free heart, without any hesitation.”
This announcement follows Amit Shah’s statement that they are not giving tickets to any candidate or leader who is above 75 years of age, after the controversial move of dropping BJP Veteran LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, from Gandhinagar and Kanpur respectively from renomination.
Mahajan will turn 76 this year.
“There were speculations and so I decided to end them and free the party to make its choice. I will not contest Lok Sabha elections,” news agency PTI quoted Mahajan as saying over the phone from Indore.
Last week, there were reports that BJP was already considering some other candidate from Indore, to which Mahajan had responded to by saying that everyone deserves a chance.
The Lok Sabha elections will be held from this month and will go on in seven phases. The result of the counting will be announced on May 23.