... keeps mum on Uma
SENIOR BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu today refused to talk about Uma Bharti despite persistent queries from newspersons at the party headquarters.
Incidentally, only a couple of days ago the expelled BJP leader had accused Naidu of torpedoing the initiative for Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya at the fag end of the NDA Government.
When asked if the BJP would accept Uma Bharti’s offer to support her candidate against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli Lok Sabha by-election, Naidu said the party would take a decision on candidate at appropriate time.
In reply to a related question, Naidu retorted he would not like to speak about a person who is not in the BJP. Naidu got a bit annoyed when asked as to why did he speak about Sonia Gandhi who is also not in his party.
“It is my decision about whom to speak. I would like to speak about Sonia Gandhi for she dubbed the Opposition as her enemy No. 1 and the party treats that seriously,” he commented.
When asked about Uma Bharti’s accusation on him in relation with Ram Temple construction he sarcastically replied — how an individual could stop construction of Ram Temple. “Am I so powerful?” He asked.
Naidu expressed possibility of mid-term election of the Lok Sabha after the polls in the five state assemblies next month.
“Anything can happen after the elections in the five states. Rift has started surfacing in the UPA alliance on almost every issue,” he said.
In reply to a question he said Sonia Gandhi was not their enemy No. 1. She happened to be only a political rival and in the Opposition it was their duty to highlight the failure of the UPA government. In a scathing attack on Sonia Gandhi he said he would like to know what kind of sacrifice she had offered by resigning her posts.
The Union Law Minister Hansraj Bharadwaj had already admitted that the post of National Advisory Council chairperson she held was a post of profit as it was accorded the Cabinet minister status, he claimed.
Even otherwise, Sonia Gandhi enjoyed the government facilities and used government planes to visit several places. Her secretary was an IAS official, he alleged.