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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Uma Bharti

A firebrand leader and Hindutva mascot, Uma Bharti has always been in the limelight whether she was with the BJP or out of it. Raised by Vijaya Raje Scindia of Gwalior, Bharti became involved with the Bharatiya Janata Party at a very young age. Currently, an MP from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, she is a Cabinet Minister for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation in the Modi government. Her first electoral battle came in 1984 when she contested the Lok Sabha elections. Her first victory in Lok Sabha elections was in 1989 when she won from Khajuraho constiuency in Madhya Pradesh. She retained the seat in 1991, 1996 and 1998. In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, she held various portfolios as Minister of State and Cabinet Minister, including that of Human Resource Development, Tourism, Youth Affairs and Sports. Bharti was appointed the Chief ministerial candidate of the BJP for the 2003 Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh. On the back of a fierce campaign based on a plank of development, and helped along by her reputation as a Hindutva firebrand, she led the party to a three-fourths majority in the legislature. In August 2004, after only a year in office, an arrest warrant was issued against Uma Bharti in connection with the 1994 Hubli riots, forcing her to step down as CM. She was actively involved in the ‘Ramjanmabhoomi’ movement, she has been named in the Liberhan Commission report on the demolition of the Babri mosque at the disputed site in Ayodhya. She was re-inducted in the BJP in June 2011 and was tasked with reviving the party in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the assembly election in 2012.


BJP became elder brother by climbing up Nitish's ladder: Uma Bharti

November 11, 2020 9:00 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party had made it clear that the elections would be fought under Kumar's leadership, and now the JD(U) leader had to decide what to do next because Modi had already decided, Bharti said.

Babri demolition case: What Liberhan panel’s report said about Uma Bharti’s role

October 05, 2020 7:47 am

Some of them took responsibility for the demolition. Uma Bharti categorically claimed responsibility… if the judge says she is not responsible, what can I do…,” Justice Liberhan had said.

UP police's suspicious action in Hathras dented BJP's image: Uma Bharti to Yogi Adityanath

October 02, 2020 9:27 pm

The death of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, who was brutally assaulted and allegedly gangraped by upper caste men, and her hurried cremation in the dead of the night, has led to widespread outrage and protests with the Opposition demanding the resignation of CM Adityanath.

Daily briefing: Uma took onus, says Justice Liberhan on Babri Masjid demolition; Rs 100 crore required to save INS Viraat

October 01, 2020 8:22 am

From the setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the alleged gangrape of a Dalit woman in Hathras to the Centre's latest guidelines on Unlock 5.0, read the top stories from print edition today.

Babri verdict: For Sangh, shadow lifts in criminal case; for Oppn, a bind as in temple ruling

October 05, 2020 10:05 am

Despite the Supreme Court calling the demolition an “egregious violation of rule of law,” Wednesday’s Babri Masjid demolition verdict gives an institutional sheen to the temple movement.

Babri Masjid case: Verdict vindicates my commitment towards Ram Janmabhoomi movement, says Advani

September 30, 2020 6:08 pm

Twenty-six out of the 32 accused were present in the special court when the judgment was pronounced. The six persons who did not appear before the court were BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Satish Pradhan, Nritya Gopal Das and Kalyan Singh.

Babri order today, in the dock are Advani, Joshi, Bharti

September 30, 2020 7:31 am

While Advani, Joshi and co-accused Nritya Gopal Das are above 80 years of age and may cite health conditions, Bharti and another accused, Satish Pardhan, are in hospital.

Babri Masjid conspiracy case: How the demolition trial progressed over the years

October 05, 2020 10:06 am

Ayodhya conspiracy case: As a Lucknow court pronounced its judgment on the Babri Masjid demolition case on Wednesday, a look at how the trial has progressed over the years.

Drama in CWC meet: BJP says Congress cannot be saved

August 24, 2020 5:56 pm

Taking a dig at the dynastic politics of Congress, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi it has now been proven that anyone opposing "Janeudhari leadership" will be branded as B-team.

Uma Bharti to skip Ram Temple 'bhoomi pujan' in Ayodhya due to Covid-19

August 03, 2020 1:39 pm

Uma Bharti said she had informed the temple authorities and the Prime Minister's Office to remove her name from the list of attendees.


Women know where to go and how to behave, Uma Bharti on Sabarimala

June 22, 2020 6:12 pm

On the Sabarimala verdict, union minister Uma Bharti said the court cannot be blamed for its intervention. This comes just days after BJP President Amit Shah said that meddling with the affairs of the temple was a conspiracy by Communists in Kerala.

Want a dialogue with all parties to settle the Ayodhya dispute, says union minister Uma Bharti

June 22, 2020 6:12 pm

Union Minister Uma Bharti has said that leaders across party lines must come together and sort out the Ayodhya dispute through dialogue. She also said that those in the government want to build a temple at the disputed site but will need support from

Idea Exchange With Uma Bharti

April 03, 2016 3:40 pm