Source : The Times of India, Last updated : 15 Apr 2019,6:18 am

Hanuman, Shivaji & Che behind decision not to contest polls: Uma Bharti -

Hanuman, Shivaji & Che behind decision not to contest polls: Uma Bharti -
JHANSI: Union minister Uma Bharti, one of the firebrand leaders of the Ayodhya movement, has said Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, Lord Hanuman and warrior king Shivaji influenced her decision not to contest Lok Sabha polls in 2019.


Uma spoke to TOI while canvassing for Jhansi’s BJP candidate and Ayurveda firm managing director Anurag Sharma.

Q. You are one of the few saffron-sporting senior MPs who were part of the Ayodhya movement. Do you think BJP will miss you in election this time?

A. I am very impressed by three characters. One, Hanuman ji, two Che Guevara and third Shivaji. Che had won and he was with Fidel Castro, then suddenly he said that one more country is waiting for him. He left all the facilities and trappings of power. He fought and died there. Similarly, Hanuman was like this. He fought for everything and then sat at the feet of Lord Ram… And even Shivaji was like that. So, whenever I do things, I remember them. There is a time for everything. Now I want to work for Ganga rejuvenation in Uttarakhand and UP for next five years. For me, not becoming an MP and not being a minister is gaining more strength, though Jhansi people are crying.

Q. Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti have been fielded from Fatehpur and Unnao, respectively. Can they fill your shoes?

A. I took sanyas in 1992. I can give my life for Ganga and cow. When I came from the US, I saw the plight of Bundelkhand. I had no selfish motives. I had three cars and a big bungalow and was living a comfortable life in my village in MP at the age of 21. I was advised by Rajmata Vijaya Raje. Sakshi ji is a maha mandaleshwar and so is Niranjan ji. I don’t consider myself a saint. I took sanyas for a personal reason. It’s between me and my guru, who lives in Karnataka. He does not speak Hindi. He’s 90. He’s a renowned saint, Pejawar Swami, in Udupi. Only he can judge me. I should only be judged as Indian, a woman, a Hindu and then as a BJP member and a politician.

Q. UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s recent remark “Ali tum rakho, Bajrang Bali hum rakhenge” + was slammed by Opposition as communal. How do you see his journey from the seat of Gorakhnath math head priest to the CM’s chair?

A. This is my favourite topic. I am fond of Yogi Adityanath. He is a younger version of PM Narendra Modi. I am a person who will sing, dance, joke. He is someone who is working all the time, sleeping only four hours. For him, getting power is not getting facilities. I am really his fan. I am fan of two people — Yogi and PM Modi. I really admire that he’s a sanyasi. Akhilesh and Mayawati can never attack him. He does not have blind faith and went to Noida as CM which his predecessors avoided. I am protective of Yogi. I am like his elder sister. His guru Yogi Avaidyanath treated me like his daughter. Yogi is a reserved person. Mayawati and Akhilesh deserve the kind of language he uses for them.

Q. Between 1992 and 2019, how do you look at BJP politics?


A. Then politics was about needing a powerful economy. When Modi came, the challenges were different. He rightly decides what should be done when and then strikes. The country needs him right now. Modi is a victim of intolerance.

Q. What will your role be now?

A. The other day, Amit Shah ji himself publicly said that I will be vice-president of BJP after election results. I am 59 but will contest in 2024.


Q. Do you think you could do enough for Jhansi?


A. I have brought Jhansi under tourism circuit. We brought defence corridor, food processing units for potato and onion farmers, two airports and solved the problem of acute water shortage.


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