Deodhar told reporters, "Several Communist cadres have minted money through various government schemes. After the regime change, these activities would stop and since they cannot survive without power, they will try to join the BJP."
"But since many of these cadres have criminal cases against them, the party will conduct a background check before admitting new members. Therefore we have decided not to give new membership for the next six months," he elaborated.
"Crime against women as well as overall crime is very high (in the state). The outgoing government shielded many scams and this had made people angry," he claimed.
He also condemned the pulling down of statues of Communist heroes like Lenin and said such acts could not be supported.
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