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Uma Bharti says she won't contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections

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Uma Bharti says she won't contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections
05 December, 2018
Firebrand BJP Leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday announced that she won't contest Lok Sabha polls next year and would focus on the issues of Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya and cleanliness of the River Ganga for the next one-and-half years.

Interacting with the media, Bharti said, “From January 15, 2019, I will go on a Ganga Yatra for one-and-a-half years, after taking permission from BJP national president , Amit Shah. I will spend the time on the banks of the Ganga. I will also work for Ram temple, which is an issue of faith and belief.” 

“I am suffering from knee and back problems, and to recover, I will take some rest. I will not fight elections for the next three years,” she had told reporters in Bhopal in February this year. 

Bharti said her not contesting the election didn’t mean that she was retiring from the politics.

“I will continue to work for the BJP till my last breath and participate in the campaigns,” she said.

Bharti served as the Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation from May 26 2014 to 1 September 2017 before being appointed as Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation.

It may be recalled that Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a similiar announcement, citing her health issues.

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