Left should withdraw support from UPA: Uma

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Barwani, MP, Jun 16: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti today said Left parties should stop playing gimmick over the issue of inflation and withdraw support from the United Progressive Alliance Government in the interest of poor and unemployed.

Ms Bharti, who is also president of the Bharatiya Janshakti (BJ), told reporters here last night that a committee of experts should be constituted to find out reasons behind the imbalance between production and consumption so that inflation could be controlled. ''Dr Manmohan Singh was a wrong Prime Minister made at a wrong time. Dr Singh is an expert in financial management but not a skilled administrator,'' she said, adding that rising inflation would be an issue that would go against the Congress in the whole country.

Alleging that corruption was rampant in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, she said the BJ would form government in Madhya Pradesh, while fractured mandate was expected in other two states.

The fiery sanyasin predicted that the Third Front would be successful instead of the BJP and the Congress in the next Lok Sabha elections. Regional parties would be more dominant.

Refusing to accept that the BJ had performed poorly, she said the BJP had seen an increase of 11 per cent in its votes when she became the Chief Minister. However, the BJP had been faced several defeats recently and this percentage has reduced to 1.5 per cent.

Ms Bharti felt that when these circumstances had been created while the BJP was in power, it would surely face defeat during polls.

Extending support to the demand for tribal status by Gujjar community, she described protest by tribals against this demand in Nimad region of Madhya Pradesh as a BJP-sponsored programme.

On whether she would invite Baba Ramdev, who has made it clear that he was not affiliated to any political party or organisation but would support any party or organisation over for public welfare-related issues, she said she did not use saints for political purposes. However, she added, she regarded Baba Ramdev as her younger brother.

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