Gorakhpur, Jan 13 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Yogi Adityanath, who had earlier threatened to quit the party over the induction of sacked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Babu Singh Kushwaha, has now declined to campaign in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
Expressing his displeasure with the party's decision, Adityanath said that he had entered into politics to work against corruption, but was disappointed to witness the BJP inducting tainted politicians.
"To sit and work with people of corrupt character and use them for our political motives, I think the people of this country cannot be fooled. It is not possible that one leader, who was corrupt in one party would become a saint in the new party," said Adityanath.
"This is not wise thinking, but totally unwise ideology and the people of this country is aware of such ideologies and it cannot be fooled," he added.
Yogi Adityanath refused to campaign for the BJP citing his packed schedule due to the harvest festival carnival in the city.
"I have already stated that I don't have the time. The harvest festival carnival is scheduled to begin in a day or two and I would be busy with it. It is very important for me that the millions of devotees expected to attend the carnival are safe and well treated," said Adityanath.
"That is my first priority, but if I get the time I would attend the party's sessions in other districts but would not campaign for any person," he added.
It may be recalled here that senior BJP leaders Maneka Gandhi and Uma Bharti had earlier expressed disappointment with the party's decision to induct Kushwaha in its fold.
Uma Bharati had earlier declined to campaign for the BJP candidates till January 20 citing health reasons. (ANI)