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Uma: New party on March 21

FORMER MADHYA Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti said here today that she would announce a new political party in a rally at Ramlila grounds in Delhi on March 21.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 12:48 IST

Uma: New party on March 21
HT Correspondent
Indore, March 4

FORMER MADHYA Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti said here today that she would announce a new political party in a rally at Ramlila grounds in Delhi on March 21.

Addressing media men at Indore Press Club today, Uma said she was advancing floating of new party due to pressure from her supporters, especially from states like Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

“I am under immense pressure from my supporters, particularly in UP and Uttaranchal, to form a new party as there is possibility of an early Assembly elections in these states in the wake of the recent High Court verdict against the defection of 40 BSP MLAs to the ruling Samajwadi Party,” she said.

She claimed that almost all BJP workers in UP wanted to join her and if she does not form a new party immediately, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will benefit as the workers will go to BSP, being disillusioned with the BJP.

The BJP cadres have eroded completely in UP due to the party’s ideological deviation, she added.
Earlier, Uma had been saying repeatedly during her ongoing Janadesh Yatra that she would announce a new political party on April 30 at Chitrakoot to coincide with the end of the 90-day Yatra.

The mercurial leader said she would prepare the new party cadres till block level in MP, UP and Uttaranchal by April 30. Even though she was getting feelers from other states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Bihar and J&K to form the new party in these state, she said she would do that later. “I will announce my detailed future programmes in Delhi on March 21,” Uma said.

Mounting a scathing attack on some BJP leaders, Uma said there was an ideological crisis in the party. ‘‘Some leaders in the BJP had lost vision having lost touch with the masses. These leaders take decisions by confining themselves in air-conditioned rooms, and never come out to know the pulse of the cadres,” she said. “But, my intention is not to destroy BJP, in fact I want to save it,” she said.

To a query whether she would go back to the BJP, Uma said, ‘‘I have seen the condition of Tapan Sikdar, Madanlal Khurana and Kalyan Singh. There is some architectural fault in the BJP,’’ she said.

Due to this, several leaders have become sick and several have become inactive. ‘‘A low-level slander campaign is going against me but people are not believing them. This is worse then during the Emergency,” the temperamental leader said.

To another query, she said the BJP should take lessons from the Left parties insofar as party discipline is concerned, where individuals are not important.

Though senior-most CPM leader Jyoti Basu wanted to become the Prime Minister instead of Deve Gowda, the party politburo turned it down, and there was not even a murmur in the party. There should not be different laws for different leaders in a political party.

There should be one set of laws for all. If that was the case in BJP, L K Advani should have been expelled the day he praised Jinnah during his tour of Pakistan last year, the firebrand leader said.

When asked whether her party would put up candidate in Budhni by-election, Uma said Budhni was not an important issue. It is not a big thing if Shivraj Singh wins by a huge margin, as the seat was won by an ordinary worker like Rajendra Singh by more than 10,000 votes in the last Assembly elections. “My aim is to win the next Assembly elections whenever it takes place. I am sure we will win more than 120 seats,” she said.


I have seen the condition of Tapan Sikdar, Madanlal Khurana and Kalyan Singh. There is some architectural fault in the BJP

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 12:48 IST