She has been a union minister before. In the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, she held several portfolios like Tourism, Youth Affairs and Sports, and Coal and Mines.
In 2003, she became the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, a position she had to give up months later when an arrest warrant was issued against her in a riot case.
Ms Bharti was expelled from the BJP for six years in 2005 for indiscipline. She floated her own party which failed to make a mark. She was reinducted into the BJP in 2011.
Uma Bharti was a prominent and controversial leader of the movement for a Ram temple in the days leading up to the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
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