Voices of protest against the induction of tainted former minister Babu Singh Kushwaha continued to grow not only within the BJP but also the NDA as the party leadership today tried hard to stave off public criticism and put a lid over the controversy.
On Thursday,senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra criticised the partys decision to induct BSPs tainted members like Kushwaha. This has definitely hurt the party, he said. However,Mishra added,If somebody has already joined the party,nothing much can be done about it. But such a person will not matter if he is not given a ticket to contest.
Kirti Azad,BJP MP from Darbhanga,joined fellow MP Yogi Adityanath in criticising the move,saying the party should take corrective steps on the issue. There seems to be a lot of substance in what Yogi Adityanath and others are saying. If a mistake has been done,then it should be rectified, he said.
Embarrassment for the BJP only increased when its alliance partner leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said it wasnt a healthy precedent that charges are levelled against someone and then he is inducted into the party.
There were also suggestions that the RSS,too,is unhappy over the controversy although the outfits spokesperson Ram Madhav maintained it was the BJPs prerogative to give tickets. They are the best judge of whether a particular decision will help them electorally and also help them in the larger context of their image and reputation, he said. The latest edition of RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya,incidentally,had an article with the theme that the BJP should avoid tainted party-hopping leaders during the Assembly elections.