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Uma Bharti has no plans of returning to BJP

The expelled leader is unlikely to return to the party as she feels she would not be able to work "in the present setup".

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 17:39 IST

Expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti is unlikely to return to the party as she feels she would not be able to work "in the present setup" and it will be a "sheer waste of time", sources close to her said on Thursday.

They said the firebrand leader, who has announced her decision to go on a 90-day nationwide 'Janadesh Yatra' from February 6, regretted her going back to the party after her suspension the first time.

She won't be able to work with a set of people who don't have any commitment to the party's ideology, the sources added.

Umawas in Delhi over the past two days after the completion of her 850-km-long 'Ram Roti Pada Yatra' from Bhopal to Ayodhya.

"If only Uma had taken this decision the last time she wouldn't have wasted one year in the party hoping to do some work in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

"Leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Jaswant Singh kept promising that she will be sent back as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. She was not at all keen," the sources claimed.

On the crucial Parliamentary Board meeting of the BJP where the decision to expel her was taken, they said senior party leaders Pramod Mahajan and Venkaiah Naidu "sat at the residences of Vajpayee and Advani forcing them to virtually accept her expulsion, leaving the job of defending her on Jaswant Singh."

WhenUma met these leaders at Vajpayee's residence, they didn't utter a word for a long time but Vajpayee ultimately told her that she should accept the decision of the Parliamentary Board, the sources added.

Uma, they said, does not have problems with party and its workers, but is not comfortable working with the second line leaders who control the party although they were "intelligent and articulate".

The Janadesh Yatra of the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister starting from Vindhya Vasini in the state will spend 45 days in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal where the Assembly elections are due in 2007.

She will concentrate on drawing the BJP's base towards her to emerge as a third front in UP as people want an alternative to the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, the sources said. She will visit the rest of the country in 45 days, covering almost all states.

She is currently on a tour of Andhra Pradesh's Karimnagar and Nalgonda districts which saw several suicides by farmers.

First Published: Jan 19, 2006 17:39 IST