Bhopal, Dec 4 : After Sushma Swaraj, another Senior BJP leader and Union minister Uma Bharti has announced that she will not contest the Lok Sabha election in 2019 and will continue to fight for Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya and cleanliness of the River Ganga.
“When I had a talk with Amit ji (BJP President Amit Shah) in 2016, then also he said I should not resign. So, party will take the decision on this. But I will only work for Ganga ji and Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya for 1.5 years,” Uma Bharati said.
Both foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti had cited medical reasons.
Uma Bharti had said she is suffering from knee and back problems, “To recover, I will take some rest. I will not fight elections for the next three years,” she had told reporters in Bhopal.
Uma Bharti rose to prominence during the Ram temple movement and was also charged by the CBI for the conspiracy to pull down the Babri Masjid.
She won the Khajuraho Lok Sabha constituency in 1989, and retained the seat in the elections of 1991, 1996, and 1998.
Her announcement comes at a time when Hindu organisations are putting pressure on the BJP government to find a legislative solution to deliver on the demand to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Under Narendra Modi’s leadership, Uma Bharati was given the portfolio of water resources and Ganga rejuvenation ministry but later on Modi stripped her of the charge and handed out the relatively low profile drinking water and sanitation ministry.