After 10-month gap, BSP decides to contest a poll

A BSP leader said the party now wants to test the waters after almost one year of the SP government. "A victory in the by-election will be an appropriate start for the party workers gearing up for the Lok Sabha elections," he said.

Senior party leaders Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Swami Prasad Maurya and state president Ram Achal Rajbhar have been instructed to camp in the constituency. Siddiqui held a meeting of MPs, MLAs and party workers from Gorakhpur, Basti and Azamgarh divisions in Deoria on Tuesday.

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