She praises Kalyan Singh's regime

LUCKNOW: Holding former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Rajnath Singh responsible for the BJP's debacle in the State, expelled party leader Uma Bharti on Monday dubbed him as ``the architect of corruption-criminal nexus in U.P.''

``I do not know how far Mr Kalyan Singh consented, but Mr. Rajnath Singh is solely responsible for the poor state of the BJP in Hindi heartland,'' she told newspersons at `Meet the Press' programme at U.P. Press Club here.

BJP would have to first begin from U.P. if it wanted a facelift to the party, she said adding Mr Rajnath Singh had an onerous task of undoing his past follies towards the party. ``No party can hope to improve its prospects before it make amends in states like U.P. and Bihar,'' she said.

Mincing no words in criticising the BJP national president, the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister claimed it was his wrong politics, which encouraged caste-based leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati to flourish.

She also described Kalyan Singh's 1991 regime as best-ever regime in U.P. and observed his Government should not have been sacrificed in the aftermath of the Ayodhya demolition.

Reiterating she would never `apply' for a come back in BJP, she claimed that Mr. Rajnath Singh's statement in this regard was an insult to her. ``Why should I try to get back to a party, which has deviated from its ideology,'' she maintained.

The expelled BJP leader -- who wound up her `Padyatra' at Ayodhya on `Makar Sankranti' -- had already announced to undertake a 90-day `Janadesh Yatra' from February 6 to garner people's support towards purity and probity in politics. ``I will announce next plans only after 90 days, during which I will concentrate on U.P. and Uttaranchal since both states go to polls within a year.''