Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has decided not to field relatives of any party leaders in the upcoming by-elections to the 12 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Supreme Court Rejects Plea Seeking 'Free And Fair' Elections in West Bengal

The decision was taken in a meeting of core committee of the state BJP leaders including, among others, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state President Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey and organising Secretary Sunil Bansal on Wednesday night. Also Read - BJP Tweets Old Video of Mamata Banerjee Reciting Islamic Prayer, Slams Bengal CM For Her Netaji Event Reaction

A core committee member told IANS that a decision had been taken to field dedicated party workers in the by-elections and requests to field relatives of legislators who had been elected to the Lok Sabha would not be entertained. Also Read - Centre Committed to Fulfil Clauses of Bodo Accord; Only BJP Can Make Assam Free From Bullets, Agitation And Floods: Amit Shah

“We are going to give tickets to party workers and not to relatives of newly elected MPs. We will not promote nepotism in the party at any cost,” the leader said.

Sources said that most BJP MLAs, who have been elected to the Lok Sabha, want their relatives to contest the Assembly seat they have vacated.

Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi wants a ticket for her son Mayank, while Satydev Pachauri and S.P. Singh Baghel are also lobbying for tickets for their relatives.

By-elections are scheduled for 12 Assembly seats, nine of which were held by the BJP and one by its ally, Apna Dal. The SP and the BSP also held one seat each.

The BJP is determined to win all 12 seats in the bypolls in Uttar Pradesh.