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Priya Dutt will not contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Ending speculations over her future political move months after she was 'relieved' as an AICC secretary, high-profile former MP Monday announced that she would not contest the 2019 elections and spend more time with her family.

In a statement, the former MP said she had shared her decision to take a break from active with a couple of months ago.

The Congress also said that she was committed to work for the party and its candidate, but "would not support anyone against her conscience".

"I will not be contesting the 2019 needs a particular mind-set that I do not have. However, I have great respect for those who do," she stated.

In 2014 polls, Dutt was defeated by BJP's Poonam Mahajan from North Central seat.

Dutt, daughter of late Sunil Dutt, stated that she had decided in 2005, when she entered politics, that she would "step out for a while" after contesting three terms.

In 2005, following the death of her father, Dutt contested from his Mumbai North West seat and defeated Shiv Sena veteran Madhukar Sarpotdar. In 2009, she emerged victorious from North Central seat.

In her statement, Dutt has hailed and thanked her "mentor"

She also praised for being a "good human being and a compassionate leader" the country needs.

Dutt was relieved as AICC (All India Congress Committee) in September-October last year, raising speculations over factionalism in Congress unit.

Dutt noted that being a was a 24/7 job and that one has life, family and privacy while serving the nation.

"So it is my humble request to those who hate all politicians because of the misdeeds of a few to not all by the same yardstick. I have served honestly and selflessly, and so have many others," she stated.

Dutt said the past years had been "enlightening" for her, but added that she struggled to keep a balance between her personal and political life.

Dutt said she did her best in the electoral which took a toll on many aspects of her life.

"My boys are now 13 and 11 years old. I had missed so many special moments in their lives and want to be there for them more than ever before...My husband has steadily supported me all these years and has sacrificed much of his life to adjust to mine. It was time for me to be together with and for them," she said.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 21:40 IST