New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday fielded its prominent
OBC leader Uma Bharti from Charkari assembly seat in Uttar
Pradesh assembly poll but refused to say whether she will be
projected as the chief ministerial candidate.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari announced the candidature of
Bharti from the assembly seat in Mahoba district of the state.
"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," Gadkari said.
Asked whether she will be the chief minister if BJP
comes to power in UP, he said the decision will be taken by
the MLAs who get elected after in the polls.
He said former CM Rajnath Singh, Bharti and party veteran
Kalraj Mishra and Surya Pratap Sahi will lead the party
campaign together in the state where BJP had won 48 seats in
the last elections in 2007.
Bharti told reporters here that the priority of the party
is to come to power in the state and make it into "Uttam
She termed as "unconstitutional" the 4.5 per cent sub
quota for minority within the 27 per cent quota for OBCs.
"While the minority should get education and employment,
it should not be at the cost of OBCs. They have been deprived
of their rights," she said.
Gadkari was keen on giving nomination to Bharti to woo
There has been a lot of speculation about Bharti`s
non-participation in BJP`s election campaign in UP so far in
the wake of reports about her being miffed over the party`s
decision to induct Babu Singh Kushwaha, another OBC leader,
who quit BSP.
Last year in June, Bharti had rejoined BJP nearly six
years after her expulsion.
52-year-old Bharti was expelled on the charge of
indiscipline and defying the BJP`s central leadership in
December 2005. Bharti had then formed her own outfit Bhartiya