Ghazipur, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav today came to the rescue of NRHM scam accused and former Uttar Pradesh minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and alleged that former Chief Minister Mayawati was solely responsible for the scam.

'It is unfortunate that Ms Mayawati, who was responsible for the scam, escaped punishment and no action was taken against her, but an innocent Kushwaha was framed in a fraudulent manner,' he said.

Addressing an election meeting here in support of party candidate Shivkanya Kushwaha, wife of Babu Singh Kushwaha, Mr Yadav asked the people to vote for Shivkanya, to give a reply over the injustice meted out to the former minister.

Mr Kushwaha is at present lodged in Ghaziabad jail for his involvement in the NRHM scam.

The SP president said the previous BSP government had always misused the law and even several Samajwadi Party leaders and supporters were implicated in the SC/ST Act.

'On the demand of people of Purvanchal, I decided to contest from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat, the neighbouring district of Gazipur. Azamgarh and Gazipur are alike to me.

'I hope you all will not disappoint us in Gazipur,' he said while adding that SP will win most seats in the Lok Sabha elections, as the party's role in the formation and functioning of the next government will be equally important.

'We have created a situation that the next government at the Centre would not be formed without the Samajwadi Party,' he added.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)