BJP leaders to pave way for Advani's yatra
Top BJP leaders were huddled together in a series of meetings on Sunday to work out plans for party patriarch LK Advani's Rath Yatra on corruption, as well as to take stock of what they could do to corner the UPA on corruption and "damage" to institutions. HT reports.delhi Updated: Sep 12, 2011 00:28 IST
Top BJP leaders were huddled together in a series of meetings on Sunday to work out plans for party patriarch LK Advani's Rath Yatra on corruption, as well as to take stock of what they could do to corner the UPA on corruption and "damage" to institutions.
Rough plans for the coming yatra were discussed first in the party's core group and later in a meet of office-bearers. Many see the move as Advani's attempt to pitch himself at the forefront of the BJP once again with an eye on the next polls.
"Advaniji's yatra is likely to begin on October 11 - JP's birth anniversary - from Sardar Patel's home turf in Gujarat and culminate in Delhi, just before the winter session of Parliament," claimed a BJP leader.
However, October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti) and September 25 are also being widely seen as likely dates for the yatra.
BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar will be the chief coordinator of the yatra, the final contours of which will be made public within days.
One demand of a section of the party is that the yatra should cover states that are going to polls in the months to come, but some voices are believed to be against the veteran BJP leader's sixth yatra to be planned in "regional" terms.
Even as the nitty-gritty of the yatra were being worked
out, BJP president Nitin Gadkari made a pitch for cornering the UPA government over "corruption".
"The government has failed to read the popular mood on corruption. The people of India are exasperated with corruption," Gadkari told BJP office-bearers.
"Display of arrogance and police power cannot be a response to corruption. We commit ourselves to creating a mechanism where corruption at all levels is penalised and punished," he added.
Gadkari also attacked the communal violence bill, terming it discriminatory and anti-federal, and condemned the Gujarat Lokayukta appointment as "anti-constitutional".
He said the PM's recent agreements with Bangladesh had caused concerns about India's territorial integrity, and claimed that the cash-for-votes scandal had "conclusively" proved that the vote of confidence of 2008 was influenced by "bribery".