Kushwaha chapter closed, says BJP

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) On the mat over its anti-corruption agenda after induction of tainted former Uttar Pradesh minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, the Bharatiya Janata Party Tuesday brushed off the controversy, saying ‘it was a closed chapter’ with the membership being suspended.

‘The party has suspended Kushwaha’s membership. For us, it is a closed chapter,’ BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters.

Kushwaha’s induction, aimed at attracting the other backward class (OBC) voters in the poll-bound state, had divided the party ranks and even prompted strong reactions from ally Janata Dal-United.

Downplaying party leader Uma Bharati’s displeasure over the Kushwaha episode and reports that she has refused to campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Naqvi termed her a ‘star campaigner’ who will be deployed for the purpose once the campaign schedule of leaders was finalised.

–Indo-Asian news Service