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Uma wants BJP apology before she says sorry

Uma Bharti's return to the BJP seems far from easy. She has now set a condition for apologising to BJP chief L. K. Advani: The BJP too should say sorry to her.
PTI | By Shekhar Iyer, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2004 01:46 AM IST

Uma Bharti's return to the BJP seems far from easy. She has now set a condition for apologising to BJP chief L. K. Advani: The BJP too should say sorry to her.

Bharti said that the party must apologise to her for describing her action as an act of indiscipline. She said this in a letter to Advani. Her latest move has again made things difficult for the party high command to end her suspension.

In her letter, Bharti praised Advani, but refused to let go of the sting. "You are not only my political ideal, but also a father figure and hence I am extremely sad for hurting you on that day. Atalji was also present at that meeting and I am sending a similar letter to him also," Bharti said in her second letter in three days to Advani, which was released to the media on Thursday.

Bharti demanded that the party should apologise to her for "cleverly projecting" her raising of issues like "probity in public life, nationalism and swadeshi" as an act of individual indiscipline.

"I am not craving for the revocation of the suspension, because I too have to think over it. It cannot be a one-sided decision, but a two-way affair," she said. She claimed that the issues raised by her were ideological and not concerning individuals.

Bharti alleged that an attempt to finish her politically was made through "off-the-record briefings" to media.

"Such briefings have done incalculable harm to the party. Our entire strength is focused on press, image and message, while hard work and commitment are disappearing," she said, adding that she would be writing another confidential letter to Advani on ideological issues.

BJP spokesperson Arun Jaitley said, "The party president has received a communication from Bharti. If and when any reaction is required to be given, we will let you know."

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