Lucknow: BJP leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday said
though the party has faith in Hindutva and the Ram temple
issue, they would not be its political agenda for the Uttar
Pradesh Assembly elections scheduled for early next year.
"I have faith in Hindutva and Ram. We want Ram rajya
here. The issue of Ram temple is of faith but it`s not the
party`s political agenda for the state. We will focus on crime
and corruption, which would be our agenda for the 2012 polls,"
Bharti, who is BJP incharge of Uttar Pradesh, told reporters
"I have never compromised with Hindutva and the Ram
temple issue. Had I done so when I was not in BJP for about
five and a half years, my condition would have been better,"
she said, adding, "The discrepancies and corruption in
development (in UP) will be exposed by the party."
When asked about Congress also raking up the issues of
corruption and crime, she said that party itself had to give
answers on issues of corruption and rising inflation in the
UPA regime at the Centre.
"Chor ki taraf chor ungli nahi utha sakta. Ye kaam
sipahi ka hai (A thief cannot point a finger at another
thief... It can be done by a policeman)," she said.
Terming AICC general secretary and UP incharge Digvijay
Singh as a "stepney" of Rahul Gandhi, Bharti claimed that
Singh does not have any value in the state.
"He is stepney of Rahul Gandhi...he does not have any
value here (in Uttar Pradesh)... It`s a coincidence that I
defeat him wherever he goes. I defeated him in MP and then in
Bihar, where he was incharge...and now it’s the turn of UP,"
On a question about Digvijay`s controversial statements,
Bharti said his own party disowns them.
"Whenever he makes any statement, a party spokesman
disowns it. I think the party has left him on his own. It
seems his tongue is not in Congress` control," she said.
About Congress` stand on Ramdev`s agitation against
corruption, Bharti said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
statements supporting the mid-night action in Ramlila ground
"I was not expecting such a statement from the Prime
Minister. It was an undemocratic remark."
Asked about her party Janshakti`s merger with BJP, she
said, "The date of merger has been finalised as June 29. It
will be done in presence of party president Nitin Gadkari",
Rubbishing reports of differences within BJP, Bharti said
such news was spread deliberately.