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Uma working on CMP theory

THOUGH THERE is a month left for the expelled BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati to form a separate political party, she is working on formulating Common Minimum Programme (CMP) with other political outfits.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 00:20 IST

THOUGH THERE is a month left for the expelled BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati to form a separate political party, she is working on formulating Common Minimum Programme (CMP) with other political outfits.

Uma Bharati, it may be mentioned, announced at a rally in New Delhi to form her new political party on April 30 in Varanasi. There is one month left, she is working on a theory which BJP and Congress also did by forming NDA and UPA respectively, and subsequent CMPs for running the governments.

Interestingly, some likely allies of Uma Bharti’s-to-be-announced political party have decided to extend political help to Uma Bharati for two reasons. One, they want end of Mulayam-Maya era in Uttar Pradesh and also to expand their base in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

“Kurmis constitute 17 per cent of UP’s population and they are with us besides a considerable percentage of Muslims,” Dr Sone Lal Patel, National President of Apna Dal told the Hindustan Times on Saturday.

“If Uma forms new political outfit, our party will support her as promised to her,” he said. Dr Patel was among many leaders of different parties who participated in Uma Bharti’s recent rally at New Delhi.

He said Uma Bharti made him clear that she did not want Hindus and Muslims to fight with each other as was done by the BJP but instead they should ensure that both the communities lived with dignity and honour.

“We want smaller parties to come together and ensure end of Mulayam and Maya era in political history of Uttar Pradesh,” Dr Patel said. “CMP will be formulated for effective run of the new political party and the governments,” he added.

Apna Dal had won three Assembly seats in the previous assembly election in UP — though all the three landed in Mayawati’s BSP first and then in Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi Party. Of the three MLAs, two were Muslims, who won from Allahabad. In the recent district Panchayat election — it won 18 seats out of 39 in Varanasi alone.

“We have made our doors open for disgruntled BSP and SP leaders,” Apna Dal chief said, adding, “Mayawati focuses on minting money and Mulayam means anarchy and even money. So this possible alignment has been made to work for writing political obituary of the two parties,” he declared.