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' Missing' Uma can fetch reward in Bundelkhand.

THE Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) may have allegedly started a slur campaign against Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi and put up his ' missing' posters with reward for any information across Uttar Pradesh but now posters of Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti have been plastered in Bundelkhand as she is absent from the region where farmers, devastated by destroyed crops, are taking the extreme step.

A month ago, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had granted Rahul " leave of absence" from " active politics". But with no news of him, people in his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi have put up posters about their " missing MP". Posters of the Gandhi scion alleging that the Congress leader lacks vision as he decided to go on leave during the crucial Budget Session of Parliament have also appeared in other districts, including Bulandshahr and Allahabad.

Meanwhile, the BJP has rubbished Congress allegations that they were behind the posters. Congressmen in Amethi had their hands full all day in tearing off the posters from public places.

Similarly, farmers are furious with ' missing' Bharti who is the MP from the Jhansi- Lalitpur seat. Her absence from the region when farmers are committing suicide or dying of shock every day following destruction of crops due to untimely rain and hailstorm has annoyed them.

They have also offered reward for any news about their MP. Bharti was previously MLA from Charkhari in Mahoba district.

She had started preaching as a child ' sadhvi' from Bundelkhand and spent her formative years in Mahoba.

" Bharti had promised before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that she will spend maximum time in the region and ensure that the farmers prosper. But, exactly the opposite is happening.

She is hardly concerned about the death and suicide of farmers because of nature's wrath. Her insensitivity is proved by her absence from the area. We want to find her out and so are putting up her missing posters across the region," said Ram Kishore, a farmer of Jhansi.

" She is mysteriously missing from her own place. Obviously, we want the government and the people to find her out," said Bharatiya Prajashakti Party leader Pankaj Rawat. The party had supported and helped her win last year's parliamentary polls.

Local resident Arpit Maharaj, who is also involved in pasting ' missing' Bharti posters on the walls in Jhansi and Lalitpur, said: " The BJP leaders are busy in ridiculing Rahul Gandhi for his absence from public life all these weeks. But they cannot see that Bharti is also not in Bundelkhand despite over 60 farmers having either committed suicide or died of shock in the past one month."

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Date:Mar 26, 2015
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