Monday, November 29, 1999

After Jaswant, will Uma return to BJP?

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New Delhi, June 17 -- Former BJP leader Uma Bharti accompanied party leaders L.K. Advani, Rajnath Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad in a special plane to Raipur on Wednesday, sparking speculation on her possible return to the BJP. Sources said Advani had asked her to accompany them for a ceremony following Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh's father's death. Bharti has also met Advani on many occasions in the recent past, more than a year after she had asked to be inducted in the NDA. She is believed to be angling for a return to the BJP. When she resigned from organisational posts of the Bharatiya Janashakti Party a few months ago, there was feverish speculation about her return, but things have stood still till now. Bharti had been expelled from the party after a spat with Advani.Recently, Advani had similarly asked Jaswant Singh to accompany him for Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's funeral.

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