The announcement was made by BJP President Nitin Gadkari in Mahoba district of the state and said, "There had been talks that Bharti should be fielded in the assembly elections. I met her today and decided to field her in the elections."
On being asked if she will be the chief minister if the party is voted to power, Gadkari said that this decision will be taken by MLAs who get elected after the polls. On the party's plans, he said that former CM Rajnath Singh, Bharti and party veteran Kalraj Mishra and Surya Pratap Sahi will lead the party campaign in UP. They had won 48 seats in the 2007 election.
In her usual fiery rhetoric, Uma said that her intention was to bring the party back to power in the state and make it "Uttam Pradesh". Slamming the quota tactic employed by the Congress, she said that the 4.5 per cent sub quota for minority within the 27 per cent quota for OBCs was "unconstitutional". She added, "While the minority should get education and employment, it should not be at the cost of OBCs. They have been deprived of their rights."
Uma Bharti had earlier threatened to stop campaigning in UP following the Kushwaha row. Her re-entry into the BJP after being expelled from the party 6 years ago has raised hopes for the party.