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Bhopal: Uma Bharti not to contest polls for 3 years, says ‘not retiring but rejuvenating body’


Bhopal, Feb 14 (PTI): Union minister Uma Bharti said on Monday she will not contest elections for the next three years owing to health problems. She, however, clarified that she was not retiring from politics.

“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 told reporters here. Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation said she would not even run for the Rajya Sabha, but would campaign for the party, if asked.

The BJP MP from Jhansi said she wants to work from “9 am to 5 pm”. “I want to live a balanced life, have a lifestyle according to doctors’ advice,” she said.

Bharti said BJP chief Amit Shah had asked her to continue as Union minister till 2019. “I had a talk over the phone with him three days ago (during which Shah told her to continue in the Union government),” she said.

There is nothing unusual about taking such a break, Bharti said, adding that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had done so for health reasons during his political career. “This doesn’t mean I am retiring from politics,” the 58-year-old leader said, adding she was younger than Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and two other leaders from the state — BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya and former Union Minister Prahlad Patel.

“I will have many years left in politics even after the next three years. In fact, I am focusing on health to ensure that it does not deteriorate,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said. “I need to rejuvenate my body,” she said.


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  • Stan, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    Instead of retiring if she gives anger, hatred and bitterness, she will overcome her health issues.Anyway its a intelligent move as she can foresee the downfall of BJP in 2019 elections

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  • praveen, mangalore

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    UmaJi One question... Ganga saaf hua ki Paisa?

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    Smart Lady..................She knows the outcome of the elections already !!!!!

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  • Hedda, Pilar

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    Uma Bharti knows that she will loose the deposit.

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  • L n T, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    She came to know in advance coming 2019 Jansi seat reserved to someone.
    The reason she developed knee back pain.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    Good idea to be away from elections for sometime as holiday to recoup

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    Patanjali energy boost drinks certainly help her.

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  • Tony, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    Seems you had Patanjali energy boost drinks........some thing good BRANDS you are trying after modi came to power.....................................................lol

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    She said she would turn Ganga like the clean rivers of Europe in 2 years. Sewerage flowing into Ganga from 173 cities is not stopped till now. After taking over present ministry, there is no improvement in drinking water and sanitation. Whether this 5th std passed and 6th std attended minister contests or not. will not have any significant effect on the country.

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  • M.M.MANGALORE, MANGALORE

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    Smart move,,,,
    she understand there's no scope in politics because, BJP will not retain power in 2019

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    She realized that there is no more glamour for hardcore communals in BJP!!

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    After Advani, Joshi ..........................
    But BJP came to this position because of such hard core elements.... Now use and throw ...

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    I do not refute the fact that BJP has garnered popularity through hardcore communal agenda. The need of the hour was to have alternative for a dynastic corrupt Congress nationwide. Now that BJP has got the power and popularity, it does not require the same old communal agenda for survival. BJP is for all around development of the nation. Under the leadership of Modi, it will shed all its bad feathers and emerge as a popular Party which will even be appreciated by you soon.

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  • SHAHID, SHIRVA

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    SHE IS CHALLENGING TO GOD SAYING MANY YEARS LEFT AFTER 3 YEARS..KAL KISNE DEKHA HE...

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 14 2018

    Shahid
    It is not challenging GOD it is called self confidence.you never asked niddramayya or pappu when they were planning for 2019 polls right from now

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