New Delhi: Uma Bharati, BJP`s star campaigner
in Uttar Pradesh, on Friday asserted that she was not a Chief
Ministerial candidate of the party in the state.
Bharti, who is contesting from Charkari assembly seat in
the state and hails from Madhya Pradesh, said she will be a
"guard" in Uttar Pradesh.
"I am not a chief ministerial candidate. Sincerely, I am
saying I am not in the race for Chief Minister. (But) I am in
the race for kind of a guard," the 52-year-old said.
She was replying to a question on whether she was a chief
ministerial candidate of BJP in the state.
The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister refused to
comment on L K Advani`s statement that the party should not go
faceless in the polls in the crucial state but said the senior
BJP leader knew her views on the matter.
Asked about her campaigning in the state, Bharti, a
prominent OBC leader of BJP who has been attacked by Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi for being an "outsider", said Uttar
Pradesh was like "home" to her.
"Uttar Pradesh has been very close to my heart," she said
Bharti said BSP was the main political opponent of her
party in the state.
The BJP had on Wednesday declared Bharti`s candidature
from Charkari assembly seat but refused to say whether she
will be projected as the Chief Ministerial candidate.
Asked about possible post-poll tie ups, she said, "I will
not say about the future.... I am confident BJP will form the