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After Advani,Gadkari prod,Uma to strengthen BJP in UP

Bharti,who was expelled from BJP,said she would make her political roadmap clear after Jan 14.

Confirming senior BJP leader L K Advani’s assertion that Uma Bharti would like to contest and strengthen the party in Uttar Pradesh,the Hindutva leader on Sunday said she wanted to extend her political hibernation by a few more weeks.

Reacting to what Advani wrote in his blog on Saturday,Bharti said: “Whatever he wrote is cent per cent true.”

Without elaborating,she told reporters that several developments took place over the last one year but she was forced to react only because Advani went public.

Bharti,who was expelled from the BJP in 2005 and went on to form Bhartiya Janshakti Party (BJS),said she would become active after January 14 (Makar Sankranti) and make her political roadmap clear. In the same breath,she said she was still a member of the BJS but had kept away from its activities for more than a year.

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Saying the UP is a politically important state,she said all ideological and political battles begin from UP and described it as “Mandal and kamandal ki bhoomi”.

She said the BJP had used her services in Karnataka (where the party had only four MLAs),UP (where Mulayam Singh was strong) and Bihar (where Lalu Prasad held sway) and she considered it an honour.

“I was never exploited,” Uma said while praising Advani and describing her relationship with him as one of a father-daughter.

Advani had written in his blog that “Uma spoke to me,and on my advice,agreed that she would concentrate hereafter on strengthening the party unit in Uttar Pradesh,which ….had become greatly enfeebled. She said she would like to contest from UP.”

He indicated that a formula has been worked out for her re-entry,which had been stonewalled by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the state unit despite Advani and Nitin Gadkari pushing hard.

After taking over as party president last year,Gadkari had expressed the intention of bringing back Jaswant Singh and Bharti to the party fold,Advani had said. “Nitinji himself talked to Uma…. But she has sought some time before plunging headlong into the fray,” Advani had said.

Bharti,during the press conference, avoided any critical remarks on the BJP,its factionalism,and stuck only to Advani’s comments. She parried questions on whether the offer to contest from UP was a move to keep her away from her home state of Madhya Pradesh.

She said that one of the issues she would focus on now is bringing about a consensus on building a Ram temple at Ayodhya.with ENS,Delhi