Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Uma Bharti returns to BJP, to lead UP campaign

Updated Jun 07, 2011 at 12:36pm IST

                                                 PHOTO: YASHBANT NEGI/ Courtesy  :INDIA TODAY

New Delhi: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti, who was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December 2005 for indiscipline, was re-inducted in the party on Tuesday after almost five and a half years.

The decision to re-induct Uma Bharti was taken just days after the BJP's national executive meet concluded in Lucknow.

Announcing Uma Bharti's return in the BJP, party president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday welcomed her in the party at the party's headquarters in New Delhi.

Uma Bharti, who has been one of the leading advocates of building a grand Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya where Babri Masjid once stood, has returned to the party just as it is getting ready for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. The state is scheduled to elect a new Assembly in 2012.

Welcoming her, Gadkari made it clear that Uma will focus on Uttar Pradesh politics with an eye on the 2012 Assembly elections.

"BJP welcomes return of Uma Bharti into the party. Umaji will focus on Uttar Pradesh BJP. She will focus on the party's campaign in Uttar Pradesh. She will handle the party campaign in Uttar Pradesh," said Gadkari.

"We will bring a strong BJP to fight against Mayawati's gunda rajya (rule) and Mulayam Singh's jungle rajya in Uttar Pradesh," he added.

Uma said that she wanted to forget the past and make a new beginning.
"I want to forget the last 5 years I have spent out of BJP. We will work hard to take up from Ram Mandir to Ram rajya," she said.

Uma Bharti was issued a showcause notice by the party leadership after she had objected to LK Advani's praise of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. She had also slammed Advani for 'indiscipline' and had also demanded his expulsion. He had challenged Advani in full view of journalists and TV cameras and walked out of the party.

She was then expelled from the BJP for violating the discipline of the party.

Uma Bharti had then formed her own outfit Bhartiya Janshakti Party. However, she failed to establish herself politically and her party faded away.

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