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Uma?s return to BJP unlikely

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 today.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 13:08 IST
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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 today.

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. Ms Bharti was in Delhi over the past two days after the completion of her 850-km-long ‘Ram-Roti Padyatra’ 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, L K 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 Mr Vajpayee and Mr Advani forcing them to virtually accept her expulsion, leaving the job of defending her on Jaswant Singh”.