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BJP going against it’s anti-corruption campaign – inducting accused politicians for the UP polls




The BJP keeps on trying to portray itself as a party that is totally against corruption, very different from the corrupt practices of the Congress and other parties. As a part of this, the party has sought to put itself as the main supporter of the Lokpal campaign, and had sought a strong Lokpal so that an institution to stop the endemic corruption in Government can be put in place. But, from time to time, the BJP also takes steps that immediately portrays the party as being opportunistic and forces those looking for an alternative to the Congress to re-think.
We saw this in the whole drama in Karnataka. It was quite clear for some time that the Yeddyurappa Government in the state was corrupt, indulging in many corrupt practices. And the state of Karnataka was critical for the aims of the BJP in South India, a part of the country where the BJP does not really have much of a presence in terms of electoral seats (either in the state assembly or Parliament). And yet, what the BJP accomplished in Karnataka was drastically opposite to all this, with the party getting a name for having a high degree or corruption; and even when this was recognized, the party was unable to change the Chief Minister who was the embodiment of this corruption.

And now the situation in Uttar Pradesh. Both the previous Government of Mulayam Singh Yadav as well as the current Government of Mayawati had developed a reputation for criminality and for corruption, and hence, this seemed like an ideal situation for a party such as the BJP to try some of the campaign for cleanliness and development (such as in Bihar), and yet what did the party do ? Well, the BSP chief, recognizing some of the problems of corruptions that were seen in her regime, tried to show an impression of change by actually dismissing some of the seen to be corrupt members of her cabinet. On the one hand, she is trying to ensure that she is able to hoodwink some parts of the electorate by seeming to act against corruption (something that the Congress initiated, claiming credit for the arrest of Raja for 2G and Kalmadi for the CWG scam, even though the Congress let this happen even though there were a lot of protests when the acts of this scam were happening).
So, the BSP chief turned out a number of people, including 2 ministers, called Babu Singh Kushwaha and Badshah Singh, both of whom had a corrupt image. And even though these are people who are widely believed to be corrupt, the BJP promptly picked them up, in the guise of social engineering, since they fit into some parts of the social maths in terms of forward castes, backward castes, etc. However, this decision, by the local state wing of the BJP and backed by the national President, seems to have generated a lot of internal divide within the party. Further, even the RSS is criticizing this measure, and all weak defenses by the BJP spokesperson cannot take away from the mud that is suddenly maligning the image of the BJP (link to article):

NEW DELHI: The BJP’s choice of recruiting new leaders in Uttar Pradesh has not impressed the RSS, the party’s ideological guide. The RSS, in an editorial in its Hindi publication Panchajanya, has urged people in Uttar Pradesh not to elect candidates who have criminal cases against them or have a record of changing their parties frequently.
Kushwaha is a leader from the other backward classes (OBC). The BJP is hoping to get the non-Yadav OBC vote, especially after the OBCs lost some of their quota to backwards among minorities. Kushwaha himself said he was against the OBC share being given to minorities. He added he was ready for any probe on graft, but dubbed the CBI “selective”. Singh is a Thakur from Bundelkhand, where Rahul Gandhi is trying to gain a foothold and which is also an area Mayawati has promised will be given full statehood in her plan to split UP into four parts.




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