Kushwahas induction a blot says Shahi
Breaking his silence on the issue before demitting office as Uttar Pradesh
BJP chief, Surya Pratap Shahi on Monday termed induction of tainted former
BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha into the party as a blot on his tenure
but said it was a decision taken by the party leadership and he had no
role in it.
"During my tenure there was a black spot because as the state president
responsibility of Babu Singh Kushwaha comes on me," Shahi said addressing
a function held to welcome new state party president Laxmi Kant Bajpai.
Shahi claimed he was informed barely two hours before the press conference
where Kushwaha's joining the party was to be announced and he went in the
capacity of the state president.
"I thought before demitting office I should clear this blot. I had no
contribution in Kushwaha's joining and it was decided by the party
leadership," he said.
The outgoing president said he did not deem it fit to say something on the
issue at that time as polls were underway and it could have caused damage
to the party.
"There is allegation that I took Rs 200 crore...in reality I am not guilty
of even a single paisa, in fact I hadn't seen him before the joining," he
"I thought this is the right time therefore I kept my side. I executed my
responsibility," he said.
Shahi said during his tenure lasting around two years as the state
president he made all efforts to serve the party and there was a wish that
it gains success.
"I am disappointed on failing on the expectations. The very next day after
poll results were announced I called the national president and asked him
to relieve me and I am happy that this has been done," he said.
However, national vice-president Vinay Katiyar, who is said to have been
behind Kushwaha's induction, said, "We will not hesitate and will do
whatever order leadership gives. I am not bothered what people or media
understands," he said.
He said the leadership ordered someone's induction and he did the same. He
also said the party slipped as there was decline in "Ramwad".
"This is the key word..this is the word which can lead to the power," he
Kushwaha's induction into the BJP has been put on hold pending an enquiry
into the charges against him.
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