Will never return to BJP says Uma Bharati

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Ahmednagar, Jul 6 (UNI) Bharatiya Jan Shakti Party chief Uma Bharati has stressed that she would never return to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fold.

She was speaking to reporters after visiting the famed Sai Baba temple at Shirdi.

Ms Bharati maintained that the principles on which she had quit the BJP, were still firm.

To a question, the BJSP chief replied that she had not met any senior BJP leader nor had any invitation came to her from the party itself. ''If I do receive any such invitation, I will not accept it,'' she said.

While emphasising that ''fear'', ''hunger'' and ''corruption'' were the three ills which were plaguing the country, Ms Bharati alleged that neither the government nor any of the political parties were concerned about these evils.

On the nuclear deal, she said the deal was against the interests of the nation as it would become a puppet in the hands of the US. It was truly disturbing that in order to save his government, Dr Manmohan Singh was ready to ally with any party, she commented.

Expressing her resentment over the the revocation of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board land transfer order, Ms Bharati said the government could spend crores of rupees for Haj pilgrims but created hurdles for Amarnath ''yatris''.

To another question, the BJSP chief said she was not keen on becoming the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. She would rather prefer to become the prime minister. If that happened, she would enact a law for the protection of cows and would ensure 33 per cent reservation for women, she said.

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