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Uma sings, Shejwar dances the tango

The humdrum of politics took a pause. The air was filled with melody as a musical evening was unspooled at the B-2 Civil Lines bungalow today. Its occupant Uma Bharti, forgetting for a moment the fiery script of the Janadesh rally at Delhi, sang a few film songs. And her lieutenant Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar danced the tango. Others soon joined the party.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 12:51 IST
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The humdrum of politics took a pause. The air was filled with melody as a musical evening was unspooled at the B-2 Civil Lines bungalow today. Its occupant Uma Bharti, forgetting for a moment the fiery script of the Janadesh rally at Delhi, sang a few film songs. And her lieutenant Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar danced the tango. Others soon joined the party.

The programme was organised at the sadhvi’s bungalow to thank supporters from different parts of the State who had chipped in their bit for her Ram Roti Padyatra from Bhopal to Ayodhya from November 28 to January 14.

As the orchestra belted out foot-stepping music, Uma spoke to the gathering with a mike in hand. She was seated on a small dais flanked by children.

The workers occupied chairs in the lawn. The main lieutenants Bhagwandas Sabnani, Shivshankar Pateria, Ramgopal Rajput and others looked after the arrangements. Security was in place.

When a woman sang “Tum dena saath mera O hum-nava” Uma Bharti told the gathering she always treated the song as a bhajan and used to sing it at Badarinath at night hours.

On request from the gathering she also sang the song along with the singer. The evening saw its climax with a Bundeli folksong - Nache jo babbar.

The request for the song came from the row where Shejwar sat. Barely a few lines into the song and Shejwar could not resist himself.

Leaving his chair, he moved on and danced his way to the orchestra. It was enough for workers to join Shejwar in dancing. Overjoyed, the Sadhvi, who was surrounded by dancing workers, clapped on the tune of the song and music.

Another similar programme would be held in Lucknow to thank the workers of Uttar Pradesh. Uma announced on the occasion that she would again undertake Ram Roti Padyatra route but this time to thank the people en route.

However, it was not all songs and dance; politics was also visible in the evening. The workers’ gathering in a way was a preliminary exercise towards floating political outfit.

Uma has already said she would announce new party at Varanasi on April 30. These workers are going to help her expand base in the State. They are also expected to join her again in the proposed Thanksgiving Yatra.

The workers included from Bhopal, Sagar, Raisen, Gwalior and other places. They had snacks and coffee.