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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.


'Pigeon closes eyes as cat advances': 1991 Lok Sabha, when Uma Bharti flagged Gyanvapi and opposed Worship Bill

May 19, 2022 7:18 am

“Was not the intention of Aurangzeb behind leaving remnants of the temple at the site of the mosque to keep reminding Hindus of their historical fate and to remind coming generations of Muslims of their past glory and power?” Uma Bharti asked in the Lok Sabha in 1991 .

MP: Unable to perform ritual at Lord Shiva temple in ASI-protected Raisen fort, 'anguished' Uma Bharti gives up food

April 11, 2022 9:57 pm

Bharti reached the temple, located around 50 km away from Bhopal, this morning to perform the ritual but had to offer prayers from outside the temple as the Archaeological Society of India (ASI) did not give permission to open this temple till Monday.

From BJP sidelines, Uma Bharti eyes prohibition for comeback in MP politics

March 17, 2022 7:09 am

Bharti had also proposed an agitation on the issue from March 8, 2021, but it was not rolled out, which she later attributed to the second Covid wave.

Uma Bharti vandalises liquor store in Bhopal, gives admin a week to shut it

March 14, 2022 6:57 am

Bharti, who has long been a proponent of prohibition in the state, herself tweeted a video of the incident at Barkheda Pathani locality.

'Will improve my language': Umar Bharti after row over remarks on bureaucrats

September 22, 2021 12:31 pm

As soon as the video of Bharti's controversial remark on bureaucracy went viral on social media, Digvijaya Singh on Monday, in a tweet in Hindi, termed her comments as “highly objectionable”.

'Bureaucrats there to pick up our slippers,' says Uma Bharti; later expresses regret

September 21, 2021 9:54 am

As a video containing Bharti's critical comments against bureaucracy surfaced on social media on Monday, the former Union minister expressed regret over her intemperate language used during an interaction with a delegation.

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.


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