BJP not 100 percent pure: Yashwant Sinha



BJP not 100 percent pure: Yashwant Sinha New Delhi: Against the backdrop of a row over induction of tainted Uttar Pradesh leader Babu Singh Kushwaha, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday conceded that his party is only "70 per cent pure" as he contended that every party has to make compromises for "practical wisdom".

Sinha, who had threatened to resign in August last year feeling that the party was not raising the issue of corruption as aggressively as desired, defended the induction of Kushwaha, former UP minister who is being investigated by CBI in NRHM scam.

He refused to accept that the induction, which has now been put on hold in view of criticism including within, had tarnished BJP's image and claimed that his party was still different from others "in terms of quality and scale".

The former Union minister said, "Every party in Parliamentary democracy has to do this (compromise). It has not been done for the first time and also certainly not for the last time."

Contending that "nobody or party can claim to be 100 per cent pure", he said, "But, BJP is 70 per cent pure while others are only 20 per cent (pure). So, still BJP is a party with a difference."

He was reacting when asked how BJP could claim to be a "party with a difference" even after induction of Kushwaha, which came on top of the party forming government in Jharkhand with the support of JMM against whose leader Shibu Soren who is facing corruption charges.

"No political party runs as a theological or charitable organisation. As per age-old dictum that politics is an art of possible, every party has to combine ideology and practical wisdom," he said.

PTI