After seven years of strained relations,BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former chief minister Uma Bharti shared a stage in UP. The occasion was a rally in Charkhari of Mahoba district from where Bharti is fighting the polls. It was Chouhans first day of campaigning in the state.
Bharti had strongly opposed the BJP move to make Chouhan the chief minister in 2005 replacing Babulal Gaur. Bharti was subsequently expelled from the party. She returned to the party in June last year.
Addressing the public meeting in Ajnar village,Chouhan said,Uma didi had strengthened BJP in Madhya Pradesh. The way BJP has worked for development of MP,the party will do the same here in UP under the leadership of Uma.
He said MP is just 20 km from Mahoba and he would be available in UP for every help any time. Uma didi will be available for your help in UP and I will also help you from MP. If BJP comes to power in UP,it will implement the welfare schemes introduced in MP like Ladli Laxmi Yojna, Chouhan said.
Bharti said,Shivraj is like an elder brother to me and both of us have no grudges. We have worked with each other in the past and will do the same in future.