Cong responsible for Kushwaha raids: BJP

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 04, 2012 09:41 hrs

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday blamed the Congress- led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for making the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid the residence and other properties of former Uttar Pradesh Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha.

The CBI on Wednesday raided the residence and other property of former Uttar Pradesh Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and several other officials in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

The raids followed a day after Kushwaha, a former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"We demand strong action against people who have cases of corruption against their name," said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

He said that the key opposition party of India is not a 'platform' to shield the corrupt people.

Naqvi blamed that Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party had struck a deal over raiding the residence of Babu Singh Kushwaha.

"There is a deal between BSP and Congress over the issue. Rahul Gandhi and Digvijaya Singh are the dealers of the deal who are protecting the corrupt central government.

"We are not protesting against any raids at the premises of Kushwaha in connection to the NRHM case. We maintain that action should be taken against the accused and not against an innocent person," he said.

The BJP leader said that he does not think that anyone is unhappy with the inclusion of Kushwaha in the party.

Naqvi said that BJP will not give Kushwaha the ticket to fight election.

Kushwaha had to resign from the Mayawati cabinet in April last year over the allegations. He was later expelled from the party.

Reports said the raids are going on in other places, including in Delhi, and in premises of other UP officials as well.

Kushwaha is accused of indulging in corruption in supply of medicines and equipment under the NRHM scheme.

The CBI earlier lodged an FIR against Kushwaha.

Besides Lucknow, the raids were conducted in Kanpur and Moradabad.

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