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'Uma to launch party by mid February'

Prahlad Patel said options for alliance were open but there will be no compromise on the five principles.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 23:28 IST

Formation of a political outfit under the leadership of expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti is expected to be announced in the second half of February, former Union Minister Prahlad Patel said on Tuesday.

Discussions are on about the new party's symbol, Patel told reporters in Jabalpur.

The new party will follow the five principles -- Swabhiman, Suraksha, Swadeshi, Shuchita and Suraj, the former BJP leader said adding it might contest assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal due next year.

To a query, Patel said options for alliance were open but there will be no compromise on the five principles.

MLAs and leaders of BSP, SP and Congress had joined Bharti's Ram Roti yatra in Uttar Pradesh, he claimed adding it was a clear indication that they were exploring a third alternative.

Claiming dissidence in Congress and BJP, the Bharti loyalist said several factions in both the parties were yearning for a platform based on principles.

Training guns on Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Patel accused him of lacking decision-making ability and held the BJP government in the state reponsible for alleged deterioration in law and order situation.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 23:13 IST