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Mayawati expels ex-minister over anti-party activities

Former UP family welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, who was removed from the ministry after the murders of two chief medical officers, has been expelled from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for alleged anti-party activities.

lucknow Updated: Nov 29, 2011 00:02 IST
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Former UP family welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, who was removed from the ministry after the murders of two chief medical officers, has been expelled from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for alleged anti-party activities.

Earlier he had been put under suspension.

The president of the UP unit of the BSP, Swami Prasad Maurya, said on Monday Kushwaha was in constant touch with the Congress for political protection.

Kushwaha, who is said to have been a confidant of BSP president and chief minister Mayawati, fell from grace after the killings of CMO VK Arya in October 2010 and CMO BP Singh in April 2011 and the unearthing of massive financial bungling in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). He could not be contacted for comments.

Along with Kushwaha, Anant Kumar Mishra, who was health minister, was dropped from the cabinet.

In a letter to Mayawati on November 17, Kushwaha had accused a senior minister and a few bureaucrats of hatching a conspiracy against him.

However, Maurya had then strongly rebutted the charges. Last week, the government had his official bungalow vacated.
The UP government is coming down heavily on ministers facing corruption charges.

In October education minister Rangnath Mishra and labour minister Badshah Singh were dropped. Following a lokayukta report, Mayawati removed minister for animal husbandry and dairy development Awadhpal Singh Yadav in August.

In January, Ashok Kumar Dohre, minister for land development and water resources minister, was removed on grounds of graft. Mayawati had sacked religious endowment minister Rajesh Tripathi in December last year.