RULING OUT the possibility of her return to BJP, Bhartiya Janshakti leader Uma Bharti on Saturday accused veteran leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani of being in the grip of powerbrokers.
“Atalji and Advaniji are in the grip of powerbrokers. Their plight can be likened to that of widowed aunts whose feet everybody touches but whose advice nobody listens to,” Bharti told reporters here. Stating that it was her “good luck” that
she was not in the BJP as it had “shunned” its pro-Hindutva ideology, Bharti said, “there is no question of my return (to BJP).
“Instead I would like to ask Advani when he will leave Jinnah and return to Ram? Rajnath Singh when he will give up politics of crime and corruption and return to clean politics? Jaswant Singh when he will leave Kandahar and return to India?” Bharti, who has been campaigning for VHP-backed independent candidate Pradeep Joshi for the November 6 by-poll to Bhagalpur parliamentary seat, where former union minister Shahnawaz Hussain is the BJP candidate, claimed that a fatwa was issued by the imams from various parts of the country to vote for the BJP nominee.
“There is nothing wrong if Muslims choose to vote for BJP but that should be only after the party clarifies its ideology. Getting the clerics to issue fatwas in support of Shahnawaz is wrong,” she alleged.