Lucknow: Notwithstanding the controversy
over his joining the party, BJP feels that tainted former BSP
leader Babu Singh Kushwaha's support to it could bolster its
prospects in the elections in Uttar Pradesh.
"Leave aside controversy over his joining....He is not a
member of the party now as his membership has been kept in
abeyance....His support is helping the party and backwards
are rallying around the party due to Kushwaha, who has a say
in his community", BJP National Vice President Kalraj Mishra
"Not only in Bundelkhand region but also in other parts
of the state the BJP is getting support of the backwards due
to Kushwaha...They come to us extending their support during
election meetings", he claimed.
Kushwaha had joined BJP on January 3 in New Delhi
resulting in resentment in the party cadre after which his
membership was kept in abeyance. He is now supporting BJP and
holding meetings in its favour under the banner of Rastriya
About the opposition's allegations that Kushwaha had
given money for entering BJP, Mishra said that these are just
Kushwaha contacted the party when the UPA government gave
4.5 per cent reservation to minorities from 27 per OBC quota
and sought party's support to protest the decision, he said.
When asked about the reason for fielding senior leaders
like him in the polls, Mishra, who is contesting polls for the
first time from Lucknow East seat, said it was to instill a
sense of confidence among the public.
"Senior leaders like Uma Bharti, BJP state president
Surya Pratap Shahi, former state president Ramapati Ram
Tripathi, Kesari Nath Tripathi and others are in the
fray...This is a party strategy to generate confidence among
the masses and to show that BJP is taking elections seriously
and could form a government on its own", Mishra said.
On the CM candidate of the party, Mishra
said that as of now the party is concentrating in getting the
maximum number of seats.
"It will be decided, if need be, by the party
parliamentary board. The party knows its present position and
future course of action", Mishra said.