|Rediff India Abroad Home | All the sections|
Uma Bharti looking for an alibi to return to BJP?
Sharat Pradhan | March 22, 2009 19:16 IST
Not only does she have plans to openly support and campaign for BJP prime ministerial nominee Lal Krishna Advani [Images] , but was also willing to campaign for Lucknow's [Images] BJP candidate Lalji Tandon.
"I am all for Lal Krishna Advani ji , but not for BJP," she declared at a press conference , shortly before she drove off to Ayodhya to offer prayers at the Ramjanmbhoomi temple.
Asked if her intent to support Advani was aimed at keeping doors open to seek a position in case Advani rode on to become the country's prime minister, she shot back, "That question does not arise because I am not even contesting the election."
She hastened to add, "My support for Advani ji will be in my capacity as leader of my party, which will continue to remain an independent entity ."
"I will go to campaign for BJP wherever Advani wants me to go and would be ready to offer my services even for Tandon ji if he so desires," Bharti added.
Bharti had however made up her mind not to campaign against BJP rebel Kalyan Singh [Images], who had recently joined hands with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav [Images].
The sadhvi-turned-politician, who belongs to the same caste as Kalyan felt, "Kalyan Singh ji has hurt the sentiment of lakhs of people like me. Therefore, he must take back his words and tender a public apology for expressing regret over Babri Masjid demolition for which he had once proudly owned up responsibility. I will then happily go campaigning door to door, seeking votes for him."