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Uma Bharti wants to see Advani as PM

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Bharatiya Jan Shakti Party president Uma Bharti.
Bharatiya Jan Shakti Party president Uma Bharti.

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and expelled Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Uma Bharti, has said her sweetest dream is to see L.K. Advani become the prime minister.

A letter written by her to Mr. Advani was reportedly read out to senior leaders at the BJP central election committee on Tuesday.

Later, party president Rajnath Singh said: “I welcome the thoughts expressed by Uma Bharti.”

No leader was prepared to say whether the letter would lead to her re-entry into the BJP, but some reportedly feel that the party would benefit with the addition of a high-profile Backward Caste leader from the Hindi heartland.

Ms. Bharti resigned as Chief Minister in August 2004. She was expelled by the party towards the end of 2005 after she spoke out against some senior leaders, giving “off the record briefings” to journalists.

Her outburst at a party meeting was shown by television channels.

After this, she formed Bharatiya Jan Shakti, but was not able to make much headway.

Ms. Bharti said in the letter that her party did not have the money to fight the Lok Sabha elections. She wanted to assure Mr. Advani that she would not be an obstacle. She was not demanding any seat-sharing or a ticket for anyone. Her only wish was to see him as prime minister.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, here for a party meeting on elections, said he would accept any decision taken by the party.

“The BJP is strong in the State on its own. It will win around the same number of seats it did in 2004.” It had walked away with 25 Lok Sabha seats then.


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