Cong leader Pramod Tiwari not eager to contest LS polls
Lucknow: Veteran Congress parliamentarian Pramod Tiwari who leaves legislative house after April 2, on Sunday announced that he will not be contesting the next Lok Sabha election.
"I have been Parliamentarian for over 25 years with five years as a stint in Rajya Sabha and rest in Vidhan Sabha of Uttar Pradesh. On April 1, I will cease to be member of any House. This thought is bit disturbing but it is the way of life," Tiwari said here.
Tiwari said he will not be contesting 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "In fact, I will not contest any direct election now but my options for indirect elections are open", he said hinting at going to either Rajya Sabha or Vidhan Parishad.
"I will reveal my future plans after April. Please wait till that time then," Tiwari said.
Tiwari was chosen as a member of Uttar Pradesh Assembly for the first time in the 1980s. He regularly won the Rampur Khas seat in Pratapgarh district. He was the state minister of Uttar Pradesh from 1984 to 1989. Tiwari has won nine times in a row.
Tiwari was elected as Member of Rajya Sabha in 2013 bye-elections, for the vacant seat due to disqualification of sitting member Rasheed Masood and his term will end of April 1, 2018.
Presently his daughter Aradhana Mishra is representing his Rampur Khas assembly seat in the UP assembly.