Uma again rules out return to BJP

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Lucknow, Apr 21 (UNI) Bharatiya Janshakti Party president Uma Bharati today ruled out any possibilty of her return to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying there is an ideological difference between her and the party.

''Neither there is any invitation for me to join the BJP, nor do I have any plans to do so in future,'' she said setting to rest the speculation about her joining the Party before the Lok Sabha polls.

Criticising the BJP, she said the party was always confused, as it fought for Hindutava in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, but in other states it did not rake up the issue at all.

''There is also difference of opinion with the BJP on the Tibet and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) issue,'' she added.

Addressing a press conference here on her way to Varanasi, where her party is holding the state executive meeting tomorrow, Ms Bharati said there was report of weavers committing suicides in eastern parts of UP.

''I will examine the report and if it is correct then will send a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into the matter with demand of financial package for the ailing weaver community,'' Ms Bharti said.

Commenting on Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi visiting the villages of Dalits in UP, she said if Mr Gandhi was really concerned for Dalits then he should call them in his house at New Delhi. ''There is no need to politicalise the issue over Dalits in the state, as things can be done from Delhi also,'' she commented.

Reiterting that Bharatiya Janshakti Party will contest the coming Lok Sabha election alone, Ms Bharati said in UP, her party will contest from about 35 seats, while she herself will contest from Madhya Pradesh.

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