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Uma Bharti not to contest in 2019 LS Polls

Eenadu India 2018-12-04 18:00:00

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New Delhi: Union minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday announced that she will not contest the next Lok Sabha general elections in 2019.

She further said that, she will concentrate on the issues of Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya and cleanliness of the River Ganga.

"When I had a talk with Amit ji (BJP President Amit Shah) in 2016, then also he said I should not resign. So, party will take the decision on this. But I will only work for Ganga ji & Ram for 1.5 years," Bharti said.

After Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti is the second minister in Narendra Modi government to decline to contest in 2019 elections. She served as the Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation from 26 May 2014 to 1 September 2017. Later became Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Reportedly, Swaraj is not keeping well and had a kidney failure in 2016 which she announced via her tweet after being admitted to AIIMS, Delhi.