New Delhi: If reports are to be believed, after Sushma Swaraj, another senior BJP leader would be dropping out of the Lok Sabha 2019 election race. Veteran BJP leader Uma Bharti will not be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. According to a leading portal, she would be focusing on the Ram Temple issue only. (Also read: ‘Shivraj is BJP’s USP in Madhya Pradesh Elections,’ Says Uma)

Bharti is a sitting MP from Jhansi. She has been sending out similar feelers for quite some time now. She has been saying that she was a two-time MP and had done a lot of party work which had affected her health. Speaking to ANI, she said, “When I had a talk with Amit ji (Amit Shah) in 2016, then also he said I should not resign. So, the party will take a decision on this. But I will only work for Ganga ji & Ram for 1.5 years.”

She has been extremely vocal about the Ram Temple issue. In fact, she was one of the first BJP leaders to have welcomed Shiv Sena’s raising the issue again. “Yes, I appreciate (Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray for his effort. The BJP doesn’t have a patent on Ram Mandir, Lord Ram is of all. I appeal to everyone including SP, BSP, Akali Dal, Owaisi (AIMIM), Azam Khan etc; to come forward and support the construction of the temple,” she said.

Meanwhile, another senior leader and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had also mentioned that she would not be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “My health is good. But I am constantly taking precautions. Doctors have asked me to stay safe from infection and also to avoid dust. I have to save myself from dust. No matter how much I try, I can’t avoid dust during elections,” she said.

Swaraj had undergone kidney transplant in 2016. The Union minister explained that since it is difficult to avoid dust during election campaigning, she chose to not contest elections, however, clarified that she is not retiring from politics.

Her husband Swaraj Kaushal posted his “thank you” on Twitter. Supporting her decision, he said that “even Milkha Singh stopped running”.