Day after joining BJP, Kushwaha's premises raided
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Wednesday searched the Delhi
and Uttar Pradesh premises of sacked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
leader Babu Singh Kushwaha, now a BJP leader, for his alleged
New Delhi: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) remained defensive on the induction
of tainted former minister in Uttar Pradesh Babu Singh Kushwaha,
the Congress Thursday continued its attack, questioning its
credentials to head an anti-corruption campaign.
Congress leader and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's
Office, V. Narayanasamy, hit out at the BJP, questioning the
anti-corruption campaign led by party veteran L.K. Advani.
"The BJP has been telling that they are for anti-corruption
initiative, Advani was going for 'rath yatra' to curb
corruption... and their party is taking corrupt people with them,"
"This makes it clear that they preach sermons to others, it does
not apply to them."
A former minister in the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party
government, Kushwaha joined the BJP Tuesday after he was thrown
out by Mayawati on corruption charges.
Allegedly involved in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
scam in the state, he has been named in an FIR on the scam by the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Raids were also conducted
on his premises at several places.
BJP leaders, meanwhile, evaded replying questions on the issue.
Party leader Arun Jaitley refused to answer any questions when
asked about Kushwaha as he came out after meeting President
Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the Lokpal bill.
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi questioned Team
Anna's silence on the issue.
"Why is Team Anna silent on Babu Singh issue," he asked, adding:
"While they were saying they will campaign against Congress, they
have not uttered a single word on BJP."
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh also took a dig, saying
the BJP was like the Ganga, and there was no need for a Janlokpal
bill as corrupt people could be purified by sending them to the
"If BJP is like Ganga, what is the need for Janlokpal. Send all
corrupt people to BJP," he said.
Divisions have emerged in the opposition party after Kushwaha's
induction, with several national leaders as well as the party's
leaders from Uttar Pradesh expressing displeasure over his
inclusion in the party.