Lucknow: Facing strong criticism over welcoming a tainted minister in the party, the worries for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) multiplied on Thursday after the party’s senior leaders and MPs threatened to quit the party if induction of Babu Singh Kushwaha, who faces corruption charges, was not revoked immediately.

BJP parliamantarian Yogi Adityanath, at a televised media conference in his home district town of Gorakhpur, said that he would quit the party and politics if the decision on induction of Kushwaha is not taken back.

“This shows how politics has stooped so low. This is a point of worry for us and is also an insult to us. We cannot tolerate this,” Adityanath told reporters.

He said the former Uttar Pradesh family welfare minister, accused of embezzling huge amounts from the rural health funds, should have been made 'accused in the deaths of poor people who died because they could not get medicines'.

“But the BJP has given shelter to him. Poor people in Uttar Pradesh are dying because they cannot afford health care. And these people are responsible for that,” the saffron-clad Gorakhpur MP said.

“It is time for us to decide now if we should remain in politics or not. I have already written to the national leadership to take the decision back or else we will take our own decision and quit,” he said.

Besides Adityanath, senior leaders Maneka Gandhi and Uma Bharti  have expressed similar concerns.

(Agencies)