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Rajnath to seek blessings of Uma Bharati's guru

BJP President Rajnath Singh would visit Udupi in Karnataka to seek the blessings of Swami Vishwesh Teertha.
None | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2006 09:19 PM IST

BJP President Rajnath Singh would visit Udupi in Karnataka on Thursday to "seek the blessings" of Pejawar Mutt Swami Vishwesh Teertha, who is spiritual Guru to Uma Bharati, triggering speculation that he was trying for a reconciliation with the expelled party leader.

While apparently the visit is aimed at garnering support of Hindu religious leaders ahead of his 'Yatra' beginning from Bhubaneshwar on April six, Sangh Parivar sources said that the visit could also be utilised to "convince" the Swami to "persuade" Bharati not to float her own outfit and work towards reconciliation.

The Swami, who enjoys a good rapport with BJP leaders including Leader of Opposition LK Advani, is understood to have played a role in bringing about a rapproachment after she was suspended for the first time from the party in 2004.

Singh's visit to Udupi comes a day after he sought Lord Ram's blessings at the makeshift temple in Ayodhya.

Interestingly, Singh has consistently declined to comment on Bharati's outbursts against the party and its leaders. The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister too had not been attacking him with the vehemence she had been targeting other senior and second rung leaders.

The only major action he had taken in the recent past has been the suspension of party leaders including Madan Lal Khurana and Sangh Priya Gautam for participating in Bharati's 'Janadesh Rally' in New Delhi earlier this month.

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