[India], Mar 21 (ANI): Senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP from Deoria, Kalraj Mishra on Thursday announced that he will not contest in the ensuing general elections.
"I will not contest the elections this time; I have been given a lot of other responsibilities by the party so my time will be devoted to that," Mishra told ANI.
Mishra had defeated Bahujan Samaj Party's Niyaj Ahmad with a margin of over 2.65 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
He resigned from the union cabinet in 2017. He was in-charge of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday announced that she will not contest the upcoming general elections.
Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held from April 11 and will go on till May 19 in seven phases. The polls in Uttar Pradesh will be held in all seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)