Uma Bharti,BJP MLA from Charkhari,whose absence from the Assembly was raised by some Congress members on Tuesday,has no plan to attend the current budget session which will conclude on July 3. Instead,she will remain busy with the planning of the partys proposed Ganga campaign,which she will lead.
Bharti,whom the BJP had projected as its chief ministerial candidate in the election,has not attended the budget session,which began on May 28,on a single day. She had even missed the scheduled oath-taking ceremony and later took oath alone in the Speakers chamber. She has also not visited the BJP office after the elections.
Her absence was noticed and raised in the Assembly by Congress MLA Pramod Tiwari. In reply,Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said it was a members wish if he or she wanted to attend the House or not. Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra said he would apprise Bharti about the sentiments expressed in the House. When contacted today,Bharti refused to comment on the issue. Sources,however,said: She had no plan to attend the Assembly session so far,she is going to skip the entire budget session.
Party sources said that Bharti was busy in the planning of the Ganga campaign. She was holding meetings with BJP,Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders. In its national executive meeting in Mumbai last month,the BJP had passed a resolution to launch a campaign,under her leadership,to save Ganga from pollution.
Sources said the RSS is also giving much importance to the proposed campaign. As for Bharti,this is going to be her second big assignment after her re-induction in the BJP in June last year; the first was the UP elections in which the BJP fared poorly and even failed to retain the seats it held in the last Assembly.
Bharti had contested the Assembly election from Charkhari in Bundelkhand. BJP president Nitin Gadkari had projected her as the partys chief ministerial candidate.
A BJP leader in Charkhari said Bharti visited the constituency three times after winning the election. Her representatives there are available to the people and she was in constant touch with them.