Chouhan to campaign for Uma in UP polls

Press Trust of India
Jan 22, 2012 at 01:00am IST

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will campaign in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, including in Charkari from where his once bete noire Uma Bharti is contesting.

"Uma ji is definitely a big national leader and I also spoke to her. She asked me to campaign in Uttar Pradesh as well as in Charkari," Chouhan told mediapersons.

"I will be going for campaigning in the first week of February and the exact dates will be worked out by the party later on," he said.

Chouhan to campaign for Uma in UP polls

Uma Bharti has been fielded from the assembly seat in Bundelkhand for the UP polls.

Bharti, who has been fielded from the assembly seat in Bundelkhand for the UP polls, left BJP after Chouhan was made the Chief Minister following which she had floated her new party Bhartiya Janshakti.

On the issue of Salman Rushdie withdrawing from Jaipur Literary Festival, Chouhan said, "I am in favour of freedom of speech. But one has to ensure that it should not cause any hurt to others."

"May be, the security of the author could also be the reason behind the decision," Chouhan said refusing to go further into the issue.

To a question on introducing Surya Namaskar in schools, he said it is being performed in the state since 2007-08 and not a new development.

It is an exercise aimed at keeping one fully fit and if someone does not want to do it then there is no compulsion for him or her to take part in it.

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