BHOPAL: Ahead of the upcoming assembly bypolls in Madhya Pradesh, speculation over the return of former Chief Minister Uma Bharti to the state's politics has begun. After a long time, her activities in the state have increased once again with her involvement in the BJP's electoral plans.
Bypolls will be held across 28 assembly constituencies in the state and the BJP is trying to register a win on as many seats as possible. It is now taking steps to take advantage of Uma Bharti's political stature in the state.
The BJP under the leadership of Uma Bharti won the assembly elections in 2003 and she also became the Chief Minister but had to resign from the post due to a controversy.
Following this, Uma Bharti formed a separate party and maintained a distance from the state's politics. Bharti then returned to the BJP but her influence in the state's politics steadily diminished despite winning the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh on a BJP ticket.
Efforts were made by the BJP to establish Bharti as a leader from Uttar Pradesh but she herself wanted to remain active in the politics of Madhya Pradesh though she did not get this opportunity.
Now new equations are being created in the state's politics and these have increased the closeness between Uma Bharti and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Signs of this are visible ahead of the upcoming bypolls. There have been few occasions in the past decade when Chouhan and Uma Bharti have been seen sharing the dais for campaigning together but now both of them have come closer, the proof of which could be seen in the rallies at Mungaoli and Mehgaon where both leaders praised each other. (IANS)
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