The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Uma Bharti, who recently rejoined the BJP, said the UPA government will have to pay a heavy price for suppressing voice of the people on crucial issues like corruption and price rise. "What Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev are doing is channelising peoples' discontent. But the UPA government is so insensitive that it used a massive force to stop Baba's peaceful agitation and is now threatening to use same tactics against Anna Hazare," she said.
Uma Bharati, who visited Nagpur on Tuesday said, "By declaring that Anna will be meted out the same treatment as Baba faced when he was bundled out of the Ramlila Maidan and his followers were beaten up, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has only made it clear that the UPA government brooks no dissent and is little interested in dealing with rampant corruption in the government. But the government should know that public anger is suppressed can explode any time."
Bharti said unable to take any steps to curb corruption, the UPA leaders were deliberately discrediting yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Hazare. "In a calculated method, the two mass leaders are being made look like 'khalnayaks' (villains) or even jokers," she said.
Digvijay Singh's remark against Baba was also a clear admission that the government unleashed terror against Ramdev to end his successful and peaceful agitation that was attracting huge public support, the BJP leader added.
Asked about her plans for Uttar Pradesh of which she has been given charge by the BJP, she said the state elections next year will be fought on the issue of Mayavati government's total failure on the law and order front. "Before Mayavati's BSP which got majority in 2007, BJP was the only party to win elections cleanly in that state in 1991. So the BJP has good support base and we are confident of doing well in UP," said Bharti.
She informed that her Bharatiya Janshakti Party would formally merge with the BJP at a function in New Delhi on Wednesday. "I held no post in that party. But I will be present there for the function while the merger formality will be done by that part president Sanghapriya Gautam and BJP national president Nitin Gadkari," said Bharti. A day after that she will launch the second phase of the 'Ganga Samagra' agitation for rejuvenating the holy river. "Its very sad that the holy water of the Ganges, which had unique quality of always remaining fresh even after being stored for years, has vanished. We want to find out how that rare quality can be restored," she added.
The BJP leader on Saturday met the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to seek her intervention in saving the Ganga. She asked Sonia to cajole the UPA government into taking serious and effective action to check pollution in the holy river.