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CM avoids Uma but Joshi talks to her

UMA BHARTI and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today attended same religious function at Jamunia village in Ichhawar Assembly segment with a difference of a few hours, obviously to avoid facing each other. They had gone to the village on invitation of former minister and MLA Karan Singh Verma.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 13:16 IST
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UMA BHARTI and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today attended same religious function at Jamunia village in Ichhawar Assembly segment with a difference of a few hours, obviously to avoid facing each other. They had gone to the village on invitation of former minister and MLA Karan Singh Verma.

However, senior BJP leader Kailash Joshi not only shared the dais with the Sadhvi but was also closeted with her for about 15 minutes at Verma’s residence.

Joshi was characteristically polite to the expelled BJP leader who, in turn, reciprocated the gesture with same humility.Having finished his speech, Joshi waited for the Sadhvi’s arrival for about an hour in a room away from the dais, and later shared the dais with her.

The occasion was a function to mark construction of a Lord Shiva temple at Jamunia. Among the keen listeners to Uma’s sermons was wife of Kailash Joshi, who had asked their son and MLA Deepak Joshi to side with Uma Bharti at the time of show of strength in the BJP. Uma called Ms Joshi “Amma” in her speech today.

Joshi’s meeting with Uma Bharti assumes significance in the backdrop of his recent statements advocating the expelled leader’s return to the party and his trip to Delhi tonight.

Joshi, however, told the Hindustan Times that he was there to attend a religious programme and nothing should be read between the lines.

Neither Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the morning nor Kailash Joshi later talked politics. The function was steeped in religion and they too maintained its sanctity. The Sadhvi, however, took the opportunity to send out a message to her followers.

She said Lord Shiva with his wisdom and efforts maintained such a cordial atmosphere in his family that the snake he had around his neck did not swallow its favourite food mouse, which is also the ‘vahana’ of Lord Ganesha. Likewise, she added, the peacock, the ‘vahana’ of Lord Shiva’s elder son Kartikeya, did not attack its enemy, the snake, and the lion with Goddess Parvati never harmed Nandi.

A philosophical Uma spoke of people’s ego saying that they nurtured delusion in their entire life that it was they who controlled the nature and the universe.

The sadhvi reminded the women, present in a good number at the venue, of their immense strength and that the men could make progress only with the help of women.

“Bina apni patni ke sahyog ke Joshiji Joshiji nahi ban pate aur bina apni patni ke sahyog ke Karan Singh Verma chunav nahi jeet paate,” she said.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 13:16 IST