Expelled BJP MP from Yavatmal district in Maharashtra, Haribhau Rathod; who defied the party whip on July 22 during the trust vote and remained absent, met the press for the first time in a conference at Mulund. Looking in a clear state of mind to challenge the BJP to prove their allegations, expelled BJP MP from Yavatmal district in Maharashtra, Haribhau Rathod, said his ill-health and welfare of his caste were the reasons for him to switch sides. Speaking to reporters here, he said that he was unwell during the trust vote but had full confidence in the Congress-led UPA government, which has promised reservation for tribes in the country. He added that even if he was well then too he would have voted in UPA government’s favor. He said that the UPA government has promised the implementation of the Bal Krishna Redke report and he has full confidence in the UPA government. If the government would have fallen, the 15 crore people belonging to the various castes would have been affected and he doubted that the BJP government would implement the report if it came to power. Refuting the allegations, Haribhau Rathod said that he did not know SP general secretary Amar Singh. When the media questioned him on the party he wishes to join now, he said he would announce the same soon. He said that he is still considering joining the Congress party. He refuted allegations of corruption on him. With cameraperson Rajendra Prasad, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
April 6, 2009