BJP not to contest Yercaud bypoll

Chennai, Oct 17 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday announced it has decided not to contest the Dec 4 by-election for the Yercaud assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu.

On the issue of extending its support or taking a different stand, the BJP said it would decide after seeing the parties and the candidates in the fray.

In a statement issued here, the party's state chief Pon Radhakrishnan said party's central committee also discussed DMK president M.Karunanidhi's appeal for support for his party's candidate in the by-election.

A senior party leader preferring anonymity told IANS that the BJP is targeting the 2014 general elections and building up the momentum for that.

A loss before the general election will be a negative factor, said the leader

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