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Uma plans 3-year rest for health reasons, not to contest polls

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

said today she will not contest elections for the next three years owing to health problems.

She, however, clarified that she was not retiring from

"I am suffering from knee and back problems, and to recover, I will take some rest. I will not fight elections for the next three years," she told reporters here.

for Drinking Water and Sanitation said she would not even run for the Rajya Sabha, but would campaign for the party, if asked.

The from Jhansi said she wants to work from "9 am to 5 pm".

"I want to live a balanced life, have a lifestyle according to doctors' advice," she said.

Bharti said had asked her to continue as till 2019. "I had a talk over phone with him three days ago (during which Shah told her to continue in the Union government," she said.

There is nothing unusual about taking such a break, Bharti said, adding that former Atal Bihari Vajpayee had done so for health reasons during his political career.

"This doesn't mean I am retiring from politics," the 58-year-old leader said, adding she was younger than Madhya Pradesh and two other leaders from the state -- BJP Kailash Vijaywargiya and former Union Minister

"I will have many years left in even after the next three years. In fact, I am focusing on health to ensure that it does not deteriorate," the former chief minister said.

"I need to rejuvenate my body," she said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:30 IST