Gorakhpur (UP): Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party BJP over the induction of tainted former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday claimed he (Kushwaha) approached the Congress to join just after being sacked by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati but the party refused to do so.

Addressing election meetings here on Saturday, the AICC General Secretary also said the BJP has inducted a person who is part of the ‘corruption race’ in the state just days after their campaign against graft.

Rahul said the Congress clearly told Kushawa, who is under CBI investigation in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, that the party will not take any tainted politician but BJP lapped up him.

"The Youth Congress exposed him (Kushwaha) and his corrupt practices through an RTI (application). He approached Congress and pleaded to take him in the party and save him. But, we refused and said, we would not save you. You will be sent to jail," Rahul said.

BJP has come under attack including from sections of the party over the induction of Kushwaha after he was raided by the CBI in connection with the NRHM scam.