NATIONAL PRESIDENT of the Bharatiya Janshakti Party Uma Bharti said today that her party was ready to support the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in forming the government in the State after the assembly elections, provided Kalyan Singh became the chief minister with full freedom to select his cabinet colleagues without any interference from any quarters, particularly from Rajnath Singh.
She said that a gang-war-like situation prevailed in the BJP which would soon go into oblivion like the erstwhile Jan Sangh while her party would replace the BJP.
Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Uma Bharti, the sacked BJP leader, said that Sangh Priya Gautam, former BJP national vice-president and general secretary of her outfit, would lead her party’s campaign in the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh with the poll plank ‘freedom from hunger, fear and corruption’. She expressed confidence that Gautam would be able to free Dalits from the clutches of Mayawati who always treated them as a vote bank and not human beings. Uma regretted that while Dr Ambedkar fought for reservation for Dalits in jobs and Kanshi Ram created awareness among them, reminding of their political strength and number power, Mayawati was simply using them as pawns to grab power.
She hoped Sangh Priya Gautam would give a new direction to the Dalit politics in the State.
She once again ‘invited’ Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Kalyan Singh to join and lead her party as she was in dire need of true leaders who were neglected, ignored and humiliated in the BJP. She said that the BJP was reaping the harvest of the good deeds of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani but it would soon be exhausted as the party was being run by those who had no principles or philosophy.
Uma announced that she would launch the election campaign of her party from the place where Rajpal was murdered in Allahabad.
She also demanded that assembly elections should be held in Uttar Pradesh under President’s Rule as free and fair elections were impossible in the Mulayam regime.
Replying to a question, she said that her party would like to field ‘winnable’ candidates in all the 403 assembly constituencies but how many would actually be selected to contest would be decided by January end.
She announced the names of her party’s nominees for 11 Vidhan Sabha constituencies, including Ladoo Das, Mahant of Hanuman Garhi (Ayodhya), Anil Ahriwal (Charkhari), Baburam (Hamirpur), Rajendra Pal Singh (Sikanderabad), Satvir Yadav (Bulandshahr), Shiv Prasad Shukla (Jalalpur), Amit Singh Rajput (Bhaugaon), Mahendra Nath Bajpai (Fatehpur), Jagroop Singh (Hashva in Fatehpaur), Avdhesh Yadav (Khaga) and Kunwar Pal Singh (Urai in Jalaun).