The BJP, which has been crying itself hoarse against corruption, seems to find nothing wrong in wooing tainted politicians into its fold ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next month.
The party inducted sacked BSP ministers facing corruption charges — Babu Singh Kushwaha (family welfare) and Badshah Singh (labour) — in a bid to revive its sagging fortunes in the northern state which goes to the polls in seven phases from February 4-28.
Political analysts feel the inductions could backfire at the national level, taking the sting out of the BJP’s anti-corruption campaign against the Centre.
Kushwaha, a BSP old-timer, OBC leader and Mayawati’s back-room boy till November, was sacked by the CM for his alleged involvement in a National Rural Health Mission scam that led to the murder of two chief medical officers. The CBI is probing Kushwaha’s role in the murders.
BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, however, justified the induction, saying, “Kushwaha was made scapegoat by Mayawati.”
Badshah Singh, sacked in October after the lokayukta indicted him for his alleged role in a land-grab case in Bundelkhand, has been a habitual party hopper. Once a Thakur leader in the BJP, he joined the Samajwadi Party and then made his way into the BSP.