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Uma Bharti walks out of meet after spat with Advani

November 10, 2004 11:49 IST
Last Updated: November 10, 2004 15:34 IST

In an open act of defiance unheard of in BJP, leader Uma Bharti walked out of a party meeting in the presence of the top leadership on Wednesday.

In full glare of television cameras, Bhartistormed out demanding disciplinary action against some leaders who she said were working to sully her name.

As BJP president L K Advani, former prime minister A B Vajpayee and Jaswant Singhwatched, she left the hall after Advani dismissed her demand for discussion on the charges levelled by her.

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Bharti has been at the centre of intra-party wrangling ever since she stepped down as Madhya Pradesh chief minister andgot involved in a row with M Venkiah Naidu, Pramod Mahajan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

"There are four to five people in this hall who do off-record briefings (against me)that appear as headlines. SoI amforced to savemyreputation by being compelled to speak on record. And that is being branded as indiscipline," shethundered as she walked out ignoring appeals by Rajnath Singh and Kishan Singh Sangwan to calm down.

As shespoke against her detractors, Advani intervened saying, "I have said this matter is closed. Closed means closed for all."

"I am sorry. Advaniji, you take action against them for indiscipline," she said and left in a huff.

As the media chased her, she shouted at them saying, "You people go back or else I will call the security personnel."

Earlier, Advani expressed concern over leaderslike Bharati, Shahnawaz Hussain and Naqvi airing their views against each otherin the media.

"There is a limit to how much can be tolerated," an angry Advani said. Bharti and Naqvi were last week involved in a spat causing embarassment to the party.

As Bharti's sudden walkout caused a flutter in the gathering, party media cell convenor Sidharth Nath Singh asked all the media persons to remove their mikes and cameras and leave the meeting hall.

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Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: That is not true. She was virtually pushed out by Lalji the great.

" the presence of the top leadership on Wednesday." quote. The top leadership of the BJP is hardly a leadership. Atal acted a lot nonsense ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: Our Wronged Nation

The BJP has plumbed new depths. The yardstick by which others not so long were measured is one by which the BJP is now failing ...

Posted by Khandu Patel

Sub: Maybe Advani and Vajpayee should retire

BJP needs young firebrands like Uma Bharti and Advani and Vajpayee should look at the first opportunity to retire

Posted by Bhargav Sundaram

Sub: expel her

The BJP shouldn't fight shy in expelling her from the party. I don't think she has as much public support as she thinks she has. ...

Posted by RS



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