Srivastava was given the party ticket last year and had already started his election campaign.

Sources said Srivastava was unhappy with the local leaders who had refused to promote him and help him expand base.

He decided to quit despite the Samajwadi Party top leadership asked him to stay.

A senior leader told that the party too was waiting for the comedian to call it a day as the contest on each seat had become important.

(Agencies)

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