Post Kushwaha, Cong attacks BJP’s anti-graft plank

Congress stepped up attack on BJP over induction of former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha.

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2012, 20:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday stepped up attack on
BJP over induction of former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha
against whom CBI conducted raids today in the NRHM scam case
questioning the opposition`s party credentials to take up the
corruption issue.

Dismissing BJP`s attack on Congress on induction of
Kushwaha, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni
said "this exposes the opportunistic politics of BJP. Today,
they (BJP) have become the strongest advocate of a man who is
accused of having embezzled thousands of crore of the National
Rural Health Mission fund."

"Is there any other way that BJP can justify that the
thrown-outs of BSP were garlanded and welcomed in BJP despite
serious corruption charges against them? After all, Mayawati
would have thrown such people out only after being convinced
about their corruption. Will they become clean by joining BJP?

Accusing BJP of double speak on the issue of corruption
she said this had become clear even on the Lokpal issue.
She said Team Anna, which attacks on corruption, should also
speak on such actions by BJP.
Rejecting BJP`s contention that CBI became so active
against Kushwaha suddenly, Soni shot back "how can you tell
CBI what to do and when? CBI was probing it for long. If
people have to be raided, they will be raided. If somebody has
to be sent to jail, he will be. There is no question of us
picking on anybody."

Responding to BJP`s charge that Congress was in league
with BSP over the issue and that was why no CBI raid happened
against Kushwaha as long as he was in BSP, Soni said that on
the contrary BJP and BSP are "partners in candidates,
programmes and corruption.
She said BJP and BSP had come together in the past also
and "this time also there seems to be an understanding that
those who cannot get tickets in BSP are fielded by BJP".

PTI