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Kushwaha row: Congress charges BJP of adopting dual tactics

Kanpur, Sat, 07 Jan 2012 ANI

Kanpur, Jan 7 (ANI): Amid the ongoing rift within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the inclusion of tainted former Uttar Pradesh Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, the ruling Congress Party on Saturday charged the main opposition of adopting dual tactics, and accused them of creating differences among the people.


Union Coal Minister and Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal said the people of the country are now getting an opportunity to see the dual character of the BJP.


"We had earlier also spoken a lot about the move, character and face of this party (BJP). Those who were not aware of their character, they may now believe. But we were aware about this from the very beginning. They are lion in the sheep's skin; their only work is to create differences among the people," Jaiswal told the media in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur city.


"We were confident about this from the very beginning, that is why the Congress has always been in conflict with the BJP. If there is any dangerous party in the country that is the BJP. The BJP's move, character and face is all dual, the people of the country are now gradually believing that what we were saying is correct," he added, when asked to comment on the ongoing differences emerging in the BJP following Kushwaha's inclusion.


The BJP's decision to induct sacked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Babu Singh Kushwaha in an endeavor to strengthen its hold in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh is under severe criticism from the leaders of various political outfits.


Moreover, several senior BJP leaders including Uma Bharti and Maneka Gandhi have also opposed the move.


Maneka Gandhi had earlier on Friday expressed her displeasure over Kushwaha's induction in the party, and said that absorbing tainted and corrupt politicians was like a blot on the image of the party.


Uma Bharti had, however, refrained from commenting on the issue, and said that she does not want to speak on the subject to the media, but would speak on the party platform.


Babu Singh Kushwaha, who was sacked from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), joined the BJP on Tuesday.


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on Wednesday raided Kushwaha"s residence for his alleged involvement in swindling funds allocated to the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), a Central Government"s health scheme for the rural population.


The investigating agency conducted raids at over 50 other locations in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.


Kushwaha, a prominent OBC leader from Uttar Pradesh, has been named as an accused with 50 others including government officials in FIRs registered against the NRHM officials and private companies. They have been charged with criminal misconduct and abuse of office. (ANI)


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