Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala BJP has expelled one of its leaders over allegations of corruption. RS Vinod allegedly took 5 crores from a private hospital, promising them a Medical Council of India accreditation.
The state co-operative cell convenor was expelled on Thursday after the BJP was cornered by the Left and the Congress in Parliament.
CPI (M) lawmaker from Palakkad MB Rajesh, introduced an adjournment notice in the Lok Sabha, seeking an explanation from the central government."This is only the tip of the entire scam. We want the PM to walk the talk on the issue of political corruption which he raised in all party meeting. This is not just about the bribery in Kerala but over 26 colleges have got recognition from MCI through various channels," he said.
On Wednesday, a leaked BJP internal committee report from Kerala said that a local office bearer has taken a bribe of over 5 crore rupees, to help a private hospital get an affiliation with Medical Council of India. The report also reveals alleged links of RS Vinod with hawala dealers through whom money was transferred from Kochi to Delhi.
"The state government should order a vigilance probe. BJP is involved in corruption of over 400 crore rupees in 70 medical colleges across India," said Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president MM Hassan.
The state BJP, however, tried to distance itself from corruption. "I don't believe that the central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be influenced by any type of corruption or bribery. Last 3 years, our govt has not succumbed to any of this. I am sure our stand will not change if anyone is found guilty", said V Muralidharan, the national executive Council member of BJP.
The party, which has been trying to make political inroads in Kerala, has only one elected representative in the state assembly. The BJP is likely to discuss the internal probe report in the party's core committee meeting today in Kerala's Alappuzha district.