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Uma launches new party

Sunday 30 April 2006

Ujjain (MP), Apr 30 (PTI): Four months after her expulsion from BJP, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minsiter Uma Bharti today launched a new political party Bhartiya Janshakti with herself as President after dedicating the outfit’s new saffron colour flag to the deity at the famous Mahakal Temple here.

Announcing names of office-bearers of the new party, Bharti said former BJP leaders Sangha Priya Gautam is its national vice-president, Raghunandan Prasad Sharma national general secretary and Anita Singh of Uttar Pradesh treasurer. Delhi-strongman and former chief minister Madanlal Khurana, who has not yet joined Bharti’s party, was also present on the occasion. Besides, former union minister Tapan Sikdar, former Congress MLA Shailendra Pradhan and former Union Minister Prahlad Patel were among others present on the occasion. Unveiling the party flag, which was saffron in colour with golden borders and a rising sun mounted on it, Bharti said its "colour was that of the Indian land and the presence of sun depicted country’s strength." Commenting on the party’s name, the fiery sanyasin said "the people are the power of the country and therefore the name Bhartiya Janashakti". Bharti said by forming the new party, she has "saved BJP which people claimed was on the verge of extinction." "The symbol of BJP is the lotus and that of our party is the rising sun," she said adding "people should understand that as long as sun will not rise, lotus will not bloom.Earlier, Bharti claimed that her party leaders passed a resolution and authorised her to form a new political outfit in view of the prevailing socio-political situation and asked her to adopt its flag and party constitution. A three-member panel of Supreme Court lawyers was formed for framing the constitution, she said. The party will also have an ad-hoc working committee and it will soon hold its national convention, she added. Her party was "committed to uphold country’s honour and aimed at wiping out tears from the eyes of the poor", Bharti said. Speaking on the occasion, Khurana criticised the BJP saying that till 1998, it was like a family with L K Advani and A B Vajpayee "working as brothers". But after 1998, it has become a ’private limited company’, with persons becoming ministers, before getting elected to the Rajya Sabha, he alleged. Bharti also announced on the occasion, merger of Swarn Samaj Party headed by Laxman Prasad Tiwari in Madhya Pradesh, with her new outfit. Large number of Bharti supporters had arrived from different parts of the country including Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Southern states. Among senior politicians present during the function were Chandraraj Singhvi (Rajasthan), Ramesh Sildar (Assam), Ramchandra Panda (Orissa) and Sanjeev Sharma (Uttranchal).

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