Uma Bharti says she can be Rahul`s `guru`

Janshakti Party Chief Uma Bharti asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi not to be guided by party colleague Digvijay Singh and suggested she can be a "better guru" to him.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 16:18 PM IST

Lucknow: Janshakti Party Chief Uma Bharti on Saturday asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi not to be guided by party colleague Digvijay Singh and suggested she can be a "better guru" to him.

Uma Bharti was reacting to observations by Gandhi about "saffron terror" in his reported communication with US ambassador Timothy Roemer.

"It appears that Rahul`s own intellectual bankruptcy had led him to seek advise from his party leader Digvijay Singh and that was the reason he (Rahul) was putting his foot in the mouth," Uma Bharti told reporters on her way to Ayodhya.

"It is high time Rahul realised that he must stop taking notes from his `guru` Digvijay Singh or else he would continue to face more embarrassment," she said.

"I would like to assure Rahul that I could be a better `guru` to him than Digvijay Singh."

Uma Bharti added that terrorism had grown in the country during Congress regime. "Be it the LTTE or certain other terrorist outfits operating in India, they were fuelled by the Congress," she alleged.

When her attention was drawn to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran L.K. Advani`s blog in which he had hinted at projecting her as the BJP nominee for chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh, Uma Bharti said: "Well, that is too far-fetched. In fact I was keen on retaining my own party`s independent entity, which could be a part of NDA."

IANS