Lucknow: Claiming threat to his life, former Minister and a one-time close confidant of UP Chief Minister Mayawati, Babu Singh Kushwaha has gone into a rebellious mode. In April 2011, he resigned from the state Cabinet on moral grounds after the murder of two Chief Medical Officers and the National Rural Health Mission scam drew flak.

In a letter to the CM, Kushwaha said, “I have threat to my life from Cabinet Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh and Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fateh Bahadur.”

The copies of the letter have also been sent to the Prime Minister, UP Governor, Chief Justice of India, Chief Justice of High Court, Central Bureau of Investigation Director, and Union Home Secretary.

Kushwaha’s letter has created ripples in the state political circle. It is believed that Kushwaha is in deep trouble due to CBI probe against his alleged role in the NRHM scam and CMOs murder case.

Lokayukta has also begun probe into the matter. Moreover, the court has also issued directives over the fake name mentioned in his educational certificates. Neither the state government nor the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came forward to help the beleaguered politician. Following which he contacted the top Congress leaders who clearly declined to offer any help until he resigns from the BSP.

Kushwaha’s letter came at a time when the Opposition is all set to bring Vote on Account and No Confidence Motion in the winter session of the state assembly beginning on November 21.

Cabinet Secretary said that he was not aware of any such letter.

Commenting on the controversy, BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya said, “The CM has not received the letter yet. Kushwaha is doing a political stunt to avert everyone’s attention. He is neither an active member of the party nor has any role to play in the party affairs.”

JPN/Bureau