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Uma Bharti
HindustanTimes.com, PTI
April 22, 2004
First Published: 13:09 IST(19/4/2004)
Last Updated: 11:36 IST(22/4/2004)

BJP's stormy petrel and chief of Madhya Pradesh BJP Uma Bharti is said to be a good match to 'master politician' Digvijay Singh, who will be seeking a third term this time.

Preaching the Politics of Religion

Having taken formal education just up to 6th standard, she became a sadhvi at a young age. Her fiery speeches and oratory skills are admired even by her adversaries.

She was at the forefront of Ram Temple movement and later even handled several important ministries (Sports and Coal) before being asked to lead polls in Madhya Pradesh as the state unit chief.

Having been charged by the Special Court in Ayodhya demolition case, the Sadhvi  representing Bhopal in Lok Sabha, has regained the Hindutva vigour recently, coinciding well with the announcement by her party and RSS to stir up Ayodhya movement across the country once again.

The party surveys, showing her party on the up, has further rejuvenated her and she is going all out. Recently she accused Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of trying to turn India into a Christian state.

However, until recently she was having a rough time after getting embroiled in various controversies, all whipped up by her rival. These controversies include the ridiculous "offering of a cake to Lord Hanuman to mark His birthday". Singh even roped in her brother, Swami Prasad Lodhi, who had been spouting venom against Bharati.

Following is her brief Profile

Father’s Name:                    Shri Gulab Singh

Date of Birth   :                        3 May 1959

Place of Birth  :                    Dunda, Dist. Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh)

Marital Status :                        Unmarried

Educational Qualifications:  6th Standard 

Profession       :                        Religious Missionary

Permanent Address              88, Malviya Nagar
                                           Bhopal-462 003 
                                           Madhya Pradesh

Present Address                    9, Tyag Raj Marg, 
                                            New Delhi-110 011 
                                            Tel. (011) 3019274, 3794565

Positions Held


• 1988 onwards
          Vice-President, BJP, Madhya Pradesh 

• 1989                               Elected to 9th Lok Sabha

• 1990                               Member, Consultative Committee, Agriculture Ministry

1991                        Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (2nd term)

1991-92                   Member, Public Accounts Committee

1992-93                   Member, Public Accounts Committee 

1993 onwards           President, BJP, Youth Wing

• 1996                        Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (3rd term)

1996-97                   Member, Committee on Science and Tech, Environment and Forests

1998                       Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (4th term)

1998-99                  Union Minister of State, HRD

1999                             Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (5th term)

13-10-1999             Union Minister of State (Ind Charge),  Tourism   


• 7-11-2000-
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25-08-2002              Union Cabinet Minister, Youth Affairs & Sports 

26 Aug 2002-
29 Jan 2003                  
Union Cabinet Minister, Coal and Mines  

Books Published

• Swami Vivekananda (1972);
• Peace of Mind (published in Africa) 1978
• Manav Ek Bhakti ka Naata (1983) (in Hindi)

Social and Cultural Activities

Service to the poor and needy through Mata Betibai Charitable Trust and Manav
Jagriti Sangh and donations to institutes engaged in welfare of the destitutes

Special Interests

Protecting environment and wild life; discussions and discourses on Hindu religion and culture (since the age of six) throughout the world, composing Hindi poems

Other Information

Member, Ram Janam Bhoomi Trust; and engaged in Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activities                                         


Election Result of  Bhopal Lok Sabha Constituency

Total electorate                                           15,78,355 

Total votes polled                                          9,76,686 

Poll percentage                                               61.88% 

Valid votes                                                    9,76,493

Votes polled in favour of the first four leading candidates:

 

     (1) Sadhvi Uma Shree Bharati        (B.J.P)     5,37,905     55.09% 
       (2) Shri Suresh Pachori               (I.N.C.)    3,69,041     37.79% 
       (3) Shri Shrawan Gourav              (Ind.)        19,710       2.02% 
       (4) Shri Phool Singh                     (B.S.P)     18,617        1.91%

•    Resigned  on 2 February 2000


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