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Rivals Chouhan, Uma Bharti put up a show of unity for polls?

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his once bête noire Uma Bharti were seen sharing stage at a rally in Mahoba on Friday in support of the latter for the upcoming state assembly polls.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2012 00:03 IST
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Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his once bête noire Uma Bharti were seen sharing stage at a rally in Mahoba on Friday in support of the latter for the upcoming state assembly polls.

A smiling Chouhan, called Bharti his younger sister and hoped she would have a "resounding victory" in Charkhari. "She is the need of Bundelkhand; she is the game changer," he told the masses at Ajnar, a small town in hilly and sleepy Mahoba.

Chouhan and Bharti have been at odds ever since he replaced her as the BJP chief minister in MP. Subsequently, she quit the BJP and floated her own political outfit Bharatiya Janshakti Party, which has now been merged with the BJP.

In his half-an-hour long speech, Chouhan lashed out at the UPA government over the 2G scam. "If the BJP forms a government at the Centre all the UPA ministers will be thrown into jail," he said. "Such a big scam cannot take place without the knowledge of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and it has been proved that this is the most corrupt government," he added. Meanwhile, Bharti promised to develop the area on the lines of Khajuraho.