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Uma Bharti
Uma Bharti

Neena Vyas

It will expose the "gang of 50" now leading the "pseudo-BJP"

NEW DELHI: Expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti on Friday said she would float a new party based on the principles and ideology of the "real Bharatiya Janata Party" after a 90-day "Janadesh yatra" beginning February 6. Her party would "expose" the "gang of 50" now leading "the pseudo-BJP."

At a meet-the-press here, she said: "I will never return to the pseudo-BJP. I want to uproot it." Although she refused to name the "gang of 50," there were enough hints that she was referring to Pramod Mahajan, Arun Jaitley, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Jaswant Singh and Shivraj Singh Chauhan. "These are foreign elements" in the party "just as Sonia Gandhi is," she said. "They would have to be removed."

Her aim was to contest the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh this year. The yatra, covering parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Gujarat, would enable her to establish contact with "lakhs of party workers" who still believed in the ideology on which the BJP was founded, she said.

Ms. Bharti praised the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Kalyan Singh, who was "like her father." She said senior leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani were "helpless."

By denying her Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministership, the BJP had done injustice not to her but to "vichar dhara," the ideology for which it stood. Denying the charge that she demanded Chief Ministership, Ms. Bharti said it was "her baby" and the party "stole it." Even if she had made the demand, she would have been right in doing so. Without explaining her remarks but referring to her not being allowed to take over as Chief Minister again, she said decisions taken by the party's parliamentary board and office-bearers were turned upside down.

Hindutva ideology

Ms. Bharti said her links with the RSS were ideological. She had come to politics through the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and never shied away from talking about her total commitment to build a Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya.

Ayodhya, she said, was no longer the issue on which anyone's stance determined whether he or she was communal or secular. That symbol was shifted to Pakistan earlier by Mr. Advani and now by Jaswant Singh (who is planning to lead a group of 100 pilgrims to temples in Pakistan as also the mausoleum of Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah). It was the attitude to Jinnah which would now determine whether one was communal or secular. The "zealous attempt" to be seen secular had crossed all limits.

Referring to the 'nyaya yatra' led by Rajnath Singh, who has since become BJP president, Ms. Bharti said the party, which was "begging for justice," was not in a position to deliver justice to anyone.

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