After Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti has become the second Union Minister to declare that she won’t be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
While addressing the media in Bhopal, she said that she would concentrate on issues such as the building of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and the cleanliness of river Ganga.
Uma Bharti, the MP from Jhansi said, “I will not do anything for the next one-and-a-half years except (working) for the Ganga and Lord Ram.”
She, however, clarified, “I am not taking ‘sanyas’ (from politics).‘Sanyas’ is a different thing. I will do politics till my end. Nobody can force me to leave politics. I will do it while being in the BJP only.”
The Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister said she would set out on a 2,500 km yatra along the Ganga river on foot on Makar Sankranti in January next year for one-and-a-half years.
She further added,“I believe that one has to go to the banks of the Ganga river by leaving power and I am doing so for next one-and-a-half years. But I will be campaigning and would do politics till my last and that too with energy.”
Just a fortnight before, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj opted out of 2019 Lok Sabha Polls by saying, “It is the party which decides, but I have made up my mind not to contest the next (Lok Sabha) elections due to health reasons.”