In a letter to chief minister, Mayawati, Kushwaha has said that his life was under threat as “the three were envious of his closeness to the BSP supremo.” Kushwaha has also sent the copies of the letter to the Prime Minister, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other state and central government agencies challenging protection.
Kushwaha has long-established that he wrote to Mayawati on November 17 but refused to elaborate. The cabinet secretary, when contacted, said that he had no knowledge of any such letter. However, BSP state president and panchayati raj minister Swami Prasad Maurya has wasted the allegations and said that the government or chief minister had not received any letter by Kushwaha so far. He has told that he came to know about the letter through news channels.
Kushwaha has been connected with Mayawati since the origin of the BSP. He was considered to be very close to Mayawati and was second in domination in the party. As a minister, he was given money-spinning departments of mining and family welfare among others. However, he fell out of favour with Mayawati in April this year after his name stature in the National Health Rural Mission (NRHM) scam worth over Rs. 5000 crore. He was made to resign from the post of minister.
However, he remained unrelenting in the party as national general secretary. But BSP supreme gradually sidelined Kushwaha, who was also other backward classes (OBC) face of the BSP, and has started encourage another OBC leader Swami Prasad Maurya to fill the space.
The NRHM scam is also linked with the murder of three medical officers of the family welfare department. The NRHM scam is being probed by the CBI on the directions of court. The CBI is inquisitive the role of mafia-turned-politician Dhananjai Singh in the murders and the scam. Singh was said to be close to Kushwaha. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) are conducting a special audit of the NRHM.
Besides, UP Lokayukta is also investigating a complaint of alleged irregularities committed by Kushwaha as mining minister in portion of mining contracts. The state High Court has also ordered a probe on a writ petition claiming that Kushwaha’s real name is Ram Charan but he changed it for electoral and commercial gains.
Kushwaha is the fourth person associated with Mayawati government to have expressed threat to life from officials and ministers in the government. Earlier, BSP MLA Guddu Pandit (now expelled), BSP MP from Janpur and mafia-turned-politician Dhananjai Singh (now suspended) and deputy inspector general of police (DIG), fire services, DD Mishra, had openly claimed that they have threat from officials and ministers. While Duggu Pandit, who has several criminal cases against him, had indicted cabinet secretary, Dhananjai Singh had accused director general of police Brij Lal and Mishra had accused principal secretary home.
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