Uma Bharti calls LK Advani ?cleanest? politician
Expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti, who had been attacking BJP leaders, has now described former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani as the "cleanest" politician she has ever seen.Updated: Apr 01, 2006 23:45 IST
Expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti, who had been attacking BJP leaders, has now described former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani as the "cleanest" politician she has ever seen.
Set to launch her own political party as a parallel to the BJP, the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister told NDTV in its Walk-the-Talk show that she also finds former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an "outstanding" leader.
But Bharti accused both of them of surrendering to what she calls new-generation political managers.
"Advani is the cleanest person with neatest of habits. But he has a strange choice (of people around him)" she remarked.
Also, she called the former Deputy Prime Minister a man with no fixed political line.
"He is not a hardliner... He's a 'softliner'. In fact, what I have realised is that he has no line at all," she said.
Bharti, who also described Vajpayee as a "great soul", however, accused both the BJP stalwarts of inability to "re-establish" the party.
"Why did they have no courage to re-establish the party," she remarked, referring to what she alleges is the BJP's preference of fundraisers to mass leaders since 1996.
However, Bharti insisted that neither Advani nor Vajpayee had ever opposed her on their own.
"It's the second-rung leaders who are more into conspiracy than into contribution," she said.
First Published: Apr 01, 2006 23:45 IST