Lucknow: Suspended BJP leader Ramashish Rai
on Thursday attacked his party on the corruption issue, saying the
right wing party itself requires an internal Lokpal to look
into controversial decisions like the induction of tainted
former UP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha.
"BJP requires an internal Lokpal to probe why and how
tainted leaders have been granted entry into the party, much
against the sentiments of party workers," Rai told reporters.
"The party leadership should set up a three-member
committee headed and it should be given 15 days time to probe
the reasons behind protests at several places against such
decisions," he said.
To a media query, he said there are reports that about 30
per cent tickets have been distributed in the state by taking
money and alleged that fingers are being pointed at state BJP
unit president Surya Pratap Shahi and party leaders Rajnath
Singh and Vinay Katiyar.
Rai refuted suggestions that he had a deal with the
Congress, saying he would have been given a poll ticket by it
if it was the case.
The suspended leader, in his reply today to the notice
served on him by Shahi, charged him with adopting double
standards on the issue as no action has been initiated against
party MPs Maneka Gandhi, Varun Gandhi and Yogi Adityanath who
had also expressed reservations on Kushwaha`s entry in BJP.
He also claimed there was no truth in the statement that
Kushwaha would help BJP get support of backward communities as
there are several backward leaders within the party who have
been neglected and others on whom the party is not showing
Rai, a former national president of Yuva Morcha, was
suspended on Monday had been suspended from the party after he
alleged that a deal was struck between some leaders of the
party and former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha for his
induction in BJP.