Former Uttar Pradesh Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, who recently expressed fear that a senior minister and two key government officials were plotting to kill him, was expelled from the Bahujan Samaj Party on Monday “for all time to come”.
Mr. Kushwaha was expelled on Chief Minister Mayawati's direction. Mr. Kushwaha, in a letter sent to the Chief Minister, had named PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh and Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fateh Bahadur in connection with the alleged plot.
BSP State president Swamy Prasad Maurya said in a press release that Mr. Kushwaha had been expelled for “indiscipline and anti-party activities”.
Mr. Maurya alleged that Mr. Kushwaha could never muster the courage to contest elections and it was at his behest that he was made Member of the Legislative Council (MLC). The former minister had reportedly assured the party leadership that his MLC status would aid him in enlisting the support of the members of the his caste (Kushwahas come under most backward caste category).
Claiming that the Family Welfare Ministry was given to Mr. Kushwaha on his assurance that he would serve the poor and downtrodden better, Mr. Maurya alleged that Mr. Kushwaha's failure to effectively discharge his responsibility resulted in the killing of two chief medical officers and death of another official “under mysterious circumstances in the district jail”.
Mr. Kushwaha was asked to resign and the charge of the Family Welfare Department was given to Naseemuddin Siddiqui.