`Funds are being mobilised for the elections in Uttar Pradesh to be held in February 2007'
Party cadres in State to help raise funds for polls in Uttar Pradesh `BSP has not fielded a candidate for Chamundeshwari seat'
MYSORE: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has chosen to stay away from the bypolls to 11 Assembly constituencies across India, including the Chamundeshwari Assembly seat, and will instead focus on Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh scheduled to be held in February next year.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, BSP's State general secretary Mahesh said the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency was not the only constituency in the country from which the party had stayed out of the electoral fray.
"The BSP is not contesting in any of the 11 Assembly bypolls and two Lok Sabha bypolls being held in the country," he said.
Party chief Mayawati had taken a decision to stay away from the electoral race in the bypolls and concentrate on mobilising funds for the party ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. "Even party cadres in Karnataka will help raise funds for the party's electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh," he said.
The party is raising funds from two sources, through membership drives and donations for Mayawati's birthday on January 15, which is celebrated as Economic Empowerment Day.
From Karnataka, the BSP proposes to raise at least Rs. 50 lakh. "We are planning to raise Rs. 25,000 from each Assembly constituency in Karnataka," he said.
Mr. Mahesh sought to clarify that the party had not fielded any candidate for the Chamundeshwari Assembly bypolls. "There is neither a BSP-supported candidate nor a BSP rebel in the fray. If any person from the BSP cadres is in the fray, the party will expel him," Mr. Mahesh said.
When asked about the BSP stance in the ensuing bypolls to the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency, Mr. Mahesh said the BSP would adopt a "neutral" stance.