|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 161 cm
in meters– 1.61 m
in feet inches– 5’ 3”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 70 kg
in pounds– 154 lbs
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party
|Political Journey||1984: Contested the Lok Sabha elections for the first time at the age of 25 and lost
1989: Won the Khajuraho Lok Sabha constituency for first time and retained the seat in 1991, 1996, and 1998 elections
1999: Won the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat and inducted into the Atal Bihari Vajpayee‘s Cabinet, and held various state- and cabinet-level portfolios including Human Resource Development, Tourism, Youth Affairs and Sports, and Coal and Mines.
2003: Uma Bharti-led BJP won the 2003 Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections with 75% majority and she became the CM of Madhya Pradesh.
2004: Suspended from the BJP following a public argument with the senior BJP leader L. K. Advani.
2005: Her suspension was overturned and she was appointed as a member of the national executive of the BJP.
2005: She was excluded from the party as she was against the appointment of Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the CM of Madhya Pradesh.
2006: Established her own party, Bharatiya Janshakti Party
2011: Rejoined the BJP.
2012: Won the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections from the Charkhari constituency in Mahoba district.
2014: Elected to the Lok Sabha from the Jhansi Constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
2014: Appointed the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in the Narendra Modi-led Union Government.
2019: Appointed as the Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party.
|Biggest Rival||Chandrapal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party|
|Date of Birth||3 May 1959|
|Age (as in 2020)||61 Years|
|Birthplace||Dunda, Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh|
|Hometown||Dunda, Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh|
|Educational Qualification||Studied till 6th grade|
|Caste||Lodhi Samaj- Other Backward Class (OBC)|
|Address||• Permanent Address: B-6, Shyamala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
• Present Address: 6, Akbar Road, New Delhi – 110011
|Hobbies||• Reading spiritual texts like Bhagavad Gita
• Bird Watching
• Conservation and propagation of Indian Culture and Heritage
|Controversies||• December 1992: She was among other prominent leaders who supported the controversial Ram Janmabhoomi Movement of the 1980s and 1990s. The movement was organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party and Vishva Hindu Parishad, and it ultimately led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Her name appeared among the accused of the demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Among a total of 49 cases filed in 1992, the second case, FIR no 198, had named Uma Bharti, L. K. Advani, and Murli Manohar Joshi, accusing them of promoting religious enmity and provoking rioting. Later, in 1993, the CBI filed a single, consolidated chargesheet against 48 people, including Uma Bharti, L. K. Advani, Kalyan Singh, and Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. Later, after an order by the Supreme Court, cases against Mr Advani, Mr Joshi, and Uma Bharti moved from Lalitpur to Rae Bareli to Lucknow. On 30 September 2020, after 28 years, a Special CBI Court in Lucknow, acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri Mosque Demolition Case, including BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Uma Bharti. On 6 December 1992, Babri Mosque, a 16th-century mosque in Ayodhya, was demolished by thousands of “Kar Sevaks” who believed that the mosque was built on the ruins of an ancient temple that marked the birthplace of Lord Rama. In November 2020, in a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court of India ordered the construction of a temple at the site. NDTV
• August 2004: An arrest warrant was issued against her in connection with the Hubli Riot Case of 1994; following which she had to resign from the post of Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
• July 25, 2007, : Bharti began a week-long fast protesting against the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project, saying that the Adam’s Bridge, also known as Rama’s Bridge or Rama Setu, must be saved.
• November 2011: Uma Bharti opposed Walmart when the Government of India had decided to allow FDI in retail.
• In November 2011, when the Government declared it will allow 51% in FDI, Uma Bharti Threatened Walmart with arson, should they enter the Indian Markets.
• Played a significant role in the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement, popularizing the slogan, “Ram Lala Hum Aayenge, Mandir Wahin Banayenge”.
• She has 13 criminal cases registered against her in the court of law.
• During her stint as the Minister of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, she was criticized for non utilizing the ₹20,000 crores fund allocated to her ministry by the centre government properly.
• During her stint as the CM of Madhya Pradesh, she was often criticized for allowing K. N. Govindacharya to live at the official CM residence of Madhya Pradesh. However, she countered the allegations by saying that she did so to give shelter to the homeless K. N. Govindacharya.
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father– Late Gulab Singh
Mother– Name Not Known
• Swami Prasad Lodhi
• Kanhaiya Lodhi
|Politician||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Assets/Properties (approx.)||• Cash: ₹2.5 lakhs
• Bank Deposits: ₹2.26 lakhs
• Resedential Plots: 4 plots worth ₹98 lakhs
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 1.5 Crores (as in 2014)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Uma Bharti
- Uma Bharti is best known for her stringent religious views, i.e., Hindutva ideology, fiery speeches, and her alleged role in the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992.
- She was born in a poor family of peasants in May 1959. She was mentored by Rajmata of Gwalior- Late Vijaya Raje Scindia.
- Rajmata started teaching her the methodologies of politics when Uma was in her early twenties. As a result, Uma entered the mainstream politics at an early age with becoming a member of BJP and contested her first election in 1984 at an age of 25 but lost the election.
- After her feud with L. K. Advani and subsequent expulsion from BJP, she formed her own party named Bharatiya Janshakti Party, now defunct, on 30 April 2006 in Ujjain; only to return later in BJP on 7 June 2011.
She did her schooling till the sixth standard. As a child, she was interested in religious courses and often describes herself as a “religious missionary”. She has also been fondly called “Sadhvi”, a Sanskrit honorific term for a female renunciant.
- She was strongly inclined towards spiritual pursuits in her childhood and achieved fluency in religious epics including the Gita and the Ramayana which helped her in commanding the status of a demi-god at the peak of the Ayodhya Movement.
- She has been repeatedly targeted for the statement in which she said,
If Ganga is not cleaned by 2018, I will take Jal Samadhi.”
- She is a prominent social and cultural activist. She often does charities for the poor and destitute through Mata Betibai Charitable Trust and Manav Jagriti Sangh. Once, she went on a fast unto death during Digvijaya Singh‘s reign in MP, for the welfare of the daily wagers in Bhopal.
- She has also interest in writing and has penned down 3 books in Hindi namely, Swami Vivekanand in 1972, Peace of Mind (published in Africa) in 1978 and Manav Ek Bhakti Ka Naata in 1983.
- She is known for her fierce oratory skills.
- A Pamphlet distributed during assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh in 2003 listed Uma Bharti’s Ideological Inspirations- Che Guevara and Michael Schumacher.
- Uma Bharti is an ardent follower of Lord Hanumana.
- By the age of 6, she had started getting unusual experiences. She also used to feel the presence of dual existence.
- She was once engaged, but apparently broke-off because of her religious commitments. She wanted to become a Brahmacharini until her mentor told her that it meant a total renunciation.
- In an interview, she said that she is inspired by the lives of women freedom fighters like Rani Laxmibai and also by the life of Swami Vivekanand.
- In an interview, she said that she was all set to marry K. N. Govindacharya but the marriage was called off by her brother Swami Lodhi on the pretext that he didn’t want to marry her off to an “unattractive, dark-complexioned fellow”.
- On 8 December 2003, she took the oath of the 15th Chief Minister of the Madhya Pradesh; with this, she also became the first woman Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
- After becoming the CM, Uma Bharti paid a visit to the Tirupati temple and got her head shove, a vow she had taken before the elections.
- Just before the commencement of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, she announced that she would not contest elections rather would go on for a Tirtha Yatra, and she also decided to cover all the Ganga Ghats on foot.