Right now the BJP is under attack from all quarters. Its own MP from Gorakhpur Adityanath criticized the decision of the party to include people with shady background. Adityanath asked how the criminals, rapists, murderers from other political parties can become holy saints after joining the BJP. He said the inclusion of Kushwaha and other tainted ministers from the BSP who were expelled by the ruling party on the charges of corruption, would damage the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections.
Adityanath said there should be some principles and policies which must not be compromised as the electorate today read newspapers and watch news on TV and if the electorate see that our party gives patronage to corruption then they would not vote for our party candidates.
BJP senior leader Rajnath Singh also didn’t say a word on this rather he was seen pushing the scribes away to avoid commenting on the issue of Babu Lal Kushwaha.
The news coming from some sections of the media indicate there has been a division of opinion on the issue of Kushwaha inclusion in the party. While the BJP president Nitin Gadkari along with Vinay Katiyar thinks the decision would help BJP in consolidating votes of a certain community in the Bundelkhand region, leaders like L K Advani, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shanker Prasad, etc were of the view that it would damage party’s reputation and image.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who is an NDA ally also dubbed it unfortunate. He said it was not the right time to include people with tainted background and when the name has already come into the light and an enquiry by the CBI is on in the NRHM case, the BJP leaders should have thought twice in this regard. However, he said it was an internal matter of the BJP and they need to sort it out.