NEW DELHI

D.P. Yadav spits venom at BJP

GHAZIABAD, FEB. 26. Thrown out of BJP for his alleged criminal background four days after being inducted into it, controversial Uttar Pradesh politician, D.P. Yadav, today said if mere registration of cases made one a criminal then the same yardstick should be applied to those saffron party leaders charged by police in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

``If mere registration of cases made one a criminal, then all those BJP leaders charged by the police in the Babri Masjid demolition case should also be treated as criminals. But they are made Ministers,'' he told PTI here.

Claiming that he has never been convicted by any court, Mr. Yadav alleged that ``only the police have committed excesses on me by lodging fake cases.''

He said he was elected a Rajya Sabha member ``not at the mercy of any leader or party. It is because I enjoy public support.''

Mr. Yadav said he would contest the coming Lok Sabha polls to ``prove my worth''.

Expressing similar sentiments, Madan Bhaiyya, an MLA in UP with an alleged criminal background, who was also denied membership by the Lok Dal, said the public had ``full faith'' in him and he would contest the elections as an independent. ``It was the Lok Dal which invited me to join that party. I never approached them for membership.''

PTI