BJP delaying, won’t contest polls, says Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

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Joining the ranks of BJP veterans unhappy with the present leadership, outgoing Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday announced that she would not contest the Lok Sabha elections saying her party can decide its candidate for Indore with a Mahajan, who will turn 76 in a week, made her decision public in an open letter in which she questioned the delay in announcing the BJP candidate for Indore, a prestigious Madhya Pradesh seat she has represented in Lok Sabha for eight consecutive terms. Why is this state of indecision?. It seems there is still some uncertainty in their mind. That The party should make the decision with a free mind, unhesitatingly, Though Indore votes on May 19, the last phase of polling, Mahajan Other party veterans kept out of the Lok Sabha list this time include former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, former HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri and former Union minister Kalraj Mishra. Mahajan, sources said, was irked that though she was willing to contest again, the party was not ready to overlook her age. Until a few days ago, she maintained that she would decide if and when the baton is to be passed to a successor. Even after the party dropped broad hints that her claim could be ignored she dug her heels in. Indore is considered one of the safe seats for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh and the party usually announces its candidate early unlike this time when a question mark hanged over Mahajan The BJP has named candidates for 18 of the 29 seats in MP so far. There is no question of getting hurt. I had made my stand clear to the party, She also said she knew there was an age criterion but since it seemed the party was hesitant to deny her the ticket, she chose to go public to clear the air. The Speaker also ruled out retirement. She ended her open letter by requesting the party to take an early call on Indore to end the uncertainty and allow everyone to work in the days to come. While BJP leaders did not comment on Mahajan Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath

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