Uma Bharti's BJS merges into BJP
New Delhi | Wednesday, Jun 29 2011 IST
After Uma Bharti rejoined Bharatiya Janata Party earlier this month, her outfit Bharatiya Jan- Shakti Party (BJS) today merged into the BJP.
BJS working president Sanghpriya Gautam announced the merger here in the presence of BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, Ms Bharti and other senior leaders.
Five BJS MLAs in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly also joined the BJP.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and a firebrand politician Uma Bharati had rejoined the BJP in New Delhi on June 7. Mr Gadkari announced that she would now play a key role in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
" Ms Bharti has accepted the responsiblities given by the party. She has visited several UP villages to strengthen the BJP in the state," Mr Gadkari said.
The merger will benefit the BJP in MP Assembly as in the last Assembly elections held in November 2008, BJS had won five seats. The present strength of BJP in the state Assembly is 146 and with the merger of the BJS it would go upto 151.
Ms Uma Bharti said even as she parted her ways with the saffron party but she never left Hindutva and always fought for the ideology.
"We fought for the people, Ram Setu and against SEZs. We have done several good things during the BJS history and the good works will continue for the benefit of BJP and the country," the firebrand BJP leader, who was expelled for indiscipline and defying the BJP's central leadership in December 2005, said.
She had then formed her own outfit Bharatiya Janshakti Party in April 2006.
Ms Bharti said, not even a single BJS activist was involved in any wrongdoing during its five-year history.
Although Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan was present in the national capital, he did not attend the function at the BJP's national headquarter.
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