Babusen Kushwaha hails from Banda in Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand region. He came close to the BSP supremo through another party leader, Naseemuddin Siddiqui.
Today, Kushwaha handles the BSP's finances. He alone knows, besides Mayawati, where the party's funds have been invested and how to get better returns.
Kushwaha is from the Nakhuda (boatmen) community. A phone call away from Mayawati, this trusted lieutenant can even visit her home in the middle of the night in the event of a crisis.
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