Yashwant: BJP ‘70% pure’,still party with a difference

Sinha defended the induction of Kushwaha,former UP minister who is being investigated by CBI

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: January 16, 2012 3:53 am

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 the 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. The former Union Minister said,“Every party in Parliamentary democracy has to do this (compromise).”

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 the BJP could claim to be a “party with a difference” after induction of Kushwaha. “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.

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