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Uma Bharti is contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Jhansi constituency. She became involved with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a very young age. She was given the title of "Sadhvi," ... more 
Uma Bharti is contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Jhansi constituency. She became involved with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a very young age. She was given the title of "Sadhvi," and was raised by Vijaya Raje Scindia of Gwalior. She stood for her first parliamentary elections in 1984, in which she remained unsuccessful. Later, in 1989, she successfully contested the Khajuraho seat from a BJP ticket and retained it in the successive three elections held in 1991, 1996 and 1998. In 1999 she switched from the Khajuraho constituency to Bhopal and won the Bhopal seat. Under the Prime Ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, she held various state-level and cabinet level portfolios of Human Resource Development, Tourism, Youth Affairs & Sports, and finally Coal & Mines. Bharti was one of the most prominent leaders of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of the 80s organized by the BJP and the VHP. In the 2003 Assembly polls, she led the BJP to a three-fourths majority in the Madhya Pradesh assembly. She defeated her Congress opponent from the Malehra seat by a 25% margin. She resigned from the post of Chief Minister in August 2004, when an arrest warrant was issued against her regarding the 1994 Hubli riot case. less 
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