Action against Kushwaha followed his entry in BJP

Mumbai: Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Sunday stressed the CBI acted against Babu Singh Kushwaha, former cabinet minister in the Mayawati government, only after he was inducted into BJP.

"When we took him into the party, no action had been taken against Kushwaha. CBI acted (by raiding his houses) only afterwards. It is a conspiracy by Mayawati and the Congress," Munde said here.

"BJP is against corruption...We will not spare the corrupt. We have put the corrupt leaders in their place and set an example in Karnataka," Munde said.

Former BJP chief Venkaiah Naidu, however, said Kushwaha issue was now a "closed chapter".

They were talking to reporters before meeting BJP MLAs and MPs to discuss preparations for the forthcoming Zilla Parishad and municipal elections in Maharashtra.

Naidu also said that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should first focus on corruption within his own party, before targeting BJP.