Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati, who once called Narendra Modi a “small fry” and a “pseudo Hindu”, is now so impressed with the Prime Minister that she wants to write a book on him.
“Bharat ke har vishay pe pakad hai (He has a grasp on every issue in the country). He is full of confidence. He has changed the political discourse from ‘secularism versus communalism’ to ‘development’, for which the Congress has no answer,’’ the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said in Bhopal on Sunday.
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After being thrown out of the BJP in 2005, Bharati had criticised many leaders during her stint outside the party, but had launched one of her fiercest attack on the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, even holding him responsible for the death of Hindus in the police firing in his state.
However, at Sunday’s ‘Meet The Press’ event in Bhopal, she praised the PM to the skies, also claiming that as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh she would call him once a week and take tips on governance.
Bharati said she was so impressed with him that she wanted to write a book on him.
The minister said that a year after being given the charge of the Ganga rejuvenation project, she doubted her ability to deliver, but was assured by Modi that she was doing her job well.
She added that the Ganga was one of the world’s 10 most polluted rivers, but she was determined to ensure that it was among the world’s 10 cleanest in the next few years.
Putting speculation about her rift with embattled MP chief minister to rest, she said: “I am not interested in MP politics. I would never like to become the CM here.’’ She assured Chouhan of her cooperation and said she wanted him to win many more elections in the state. Ever since Bharati’s return to the BJP, there has been talk about her presence being a threat to stability of BJP’s politics in the state.