Bhubaneswar: BJP president Nitin Gadkari Monday said that firebrand Hindutva leader Uma Bharti is unlikely to return to the party in the near future.
"Uma Bharti has told me that due to health reasons she will not be able to come back to the party for some time," Gadkari told reporters here.
However, he asserted that Bharti can return to the party fold whenever she wants.
At present there is no proposal in this regard before the party in view of the reasons cited by Bharti, he said.
There are speculations about Uma Bharti`s return to the BJP, which she left five years ago and later floated her own Bharatiya Janashakti.