New Delhi: Facing the uphill task of reviving its lost glory in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) may soon clear the deck for the return of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti to the party.

A decision in the regard is likely to be made in BJP’s Central Core group important meeting scheduled on Wednesday. The issue of Sanjay Joshi’s return in the party may also be discussed in the meeting.  BJP is seriously contemplating on using Bharti for the 2012 UP assembly election campaign.

After the elections in five states, BJP will shift focus to UP, where state polls are scheduled in 2012. According to sources, BJP National President Nitin Gadkari is convinced about taking back Bharti in the party. In the Central Core group meeting, he will seek the opinion of other senior party members on the issue. A senior BJP member opines that the party can use the combination of Kalraj Mishra and Bharti in UP to strengthen its position and woo the vote bank of backward sections.

For the 2012 UP polls, BJP is aiming for the Brahmin, Kurmi, Kushwaha vote bank, as Yadavs and Lodhis are unlikely to vote in favour of the party. If BJP manages to win the Brahmin, Kurmi, Kushwaha voters, it will be in a direct competition with Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party for the supremacy in the state.

Simultaneously, the fact cannot be ignored that a section of BJP leaders are against Bharti’s return to the party.  It is noteworthy, that the agenda to take back Bharti and Joshi in BJP is being mooted by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Therefore, it is being believed that BJP’s Central Core Group will discuss the method to bring them back in the party.

The Mahasangram rallies organized by BJP in UP have drawn a decent crowd and Gadkari is pleased with the internal surveys conducted by the party. BJP does not want to leave any stone unturned in its endeavour to make the maximum use of the anti-incumbency factor. Through Bharti, BJP’s aims to take its election campaign to new heights.

Bharti may also be used to fill the vacuum created in the state BJP unit by the exit of Kalyan Singh. She can also be used as a tool against Congress state In-Charge and former Madhya Pradesh CM, Digvijay Singh. Under her leadership, BJP had brought to an end the 10-year tenure of Singh as CM of Madhya Pradesh.

The issue of prevailing terrorism among with Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab are also likely to be discussed in the meeting.

JPN/Bureau