New Delhi, February 12: Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharati has cleared that she would not contest elections anymore citing age and health issues. The Jhansi MP said she had been facing problems with her knees and back.

“I have been a two-time Parliamentarian and have worked a lot for the party over year due to which I have developed problems in my knees. Now I will not contest any more elections but will continue to work for the party,” Bharati said, News18 reported.

Currently, Bharati is the Cabinet Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation. She contested her first election in 1984 but was unsuccessful. In 1989, she contested from Khajuraho seat in 1989 and successfully retained it till 1999 before switching her constituency to Bhopal.

Bharati had held various state-level and cabinet-level portfolios in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Tourism, Youth Affairs and Sports, and also in Coal and Mines during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. In the Narendra Modi government, she held Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation portfolio till September 3, 2017. During the Cabinet reshuffle, she was Drinking Water and Sanitation ministry.

She was also the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh from December 2003 to August 2004.