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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.


Ram Temple trust should have had OBC face: Uma Bharti

February 07, 2020 3:32 am

Uma Bharti said the announcement of the setting up of the trust just three days before Delhi goes for Assembly polls, will not have any impact on the elections.

Uma Bharti warns BJP: Victory cannot exonerate Gopal Kanda; people with us should be clean

October 25, 2019 6:09 pm

Former Union Minister Uma Bharti warned the BJP leadership against hobnobbing with leaders like Gopal Kanda, an independent MLA who is accused in two suicide cases.

Uma Bharti’s nephew booked after two die in accident

October 08, 2019 7:36 pm

Lodhi, who is an MLA from Khargapur Assembly seat in Tikamgarh, said his vehicle was not involved in the mishap and that he was at a village 20 km away from the accident spot.

Uma Bharti: Like breathing, economy also faces ups and downs

September 20, 2019 10:19 am

Uma Bharti said this is just a phase and compared the present scenario with breathing exercise, stating that one may breathe in and breathe out, but the body per se keeps functioning.

Modi Cabinet: Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Maneka Gandhi, Rajyavardhan Rathore among 37 out

May 31, 2019 7:06 am

Nearly two out of three ministers of MoS rank in the last Union Cabinet have been dropped this time.

Pragya Thakur in tears during meeting with Uma Bharti

April 29, 2019 3:50 pm

Thakur had gone to meet Bharti amid talk of a rift. While leaving, she broke down. Bharti was seen wiping Pragya's tears as the latter sat in her car crying, in presence of a large crowd and media personnel.

BJP releases list of 24 candidates, Uma Bharti's seat for party worker

April 07, 2019 5:01 am

The list includes eight candidates in Haryana, four in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, three in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, and one each in West Bengal and Odisha.

Only L K Advani can answer: Uma Bharti on BJP's decision not to field him in 2019 polls

March 24, 2019 3:18 pm

Bharti, who was appointed as the BJP vice-president, asserted that Advani's stature remains undiminished even if he doesn't contest in elections.

Ayodhya title dispute: 'Nothing but temple can be built there, way to be found is how,' says Uma Bharti

March 09, 2019 7:55 am

"I am appealing to all political parties to join together to create a sentiment in favour of Ram Mandir, so that it will be an advantage of the nation, not just the BJP's," said Uma Bharti.

After Swaraj, Uma Bharti opts out of 2019 Lok Sabha electoral race

December 04, 2018 11:43 pm

Addressing the media in Bhopal, the MP from Jhansi said she would concentrate on issues such as the building of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and the cleanliness of river Ganga.


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

November 01, 2018 7:05 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

November 01, 2018 1:35 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