A crude 6 feet long pipe bomb was found under a bridge at Alampatti village on the outskirts of Madurai city hours before Advani's janchetana yatra was to pass through.
Local people discovered the pipe bomb, filled with some sort of explosive material with long wires jutting out and informed the police. The bomb was removed and police carried out extensive searches along the route.
Advani's yatra continued on its original route, save for minor detour, on its way to Kerala.
It is a little too early to say who was responsible for placing the bomb, a senior police official said, adding that intensive investigations were on.
Incidentally, for Lal Krishna Advani, a bomb scare in Tamil Nadu is not new. Way back in 1998, a bomb was detected before his arrival at a meeting venue in the textitle town of Coimbatore. Incidentally Coimbatore had suffered serial bomb blasts in the same year.
Before leaving on the second leg of his yatra, Advani said the mood of the nation was against corruption and the corrupt. The last two years has been depressing with several scams and many union ministers and secretaries removed and lodged in jails.
"We do not know who else will join them," Advani said referring to the string of VIP inmates in Tihar central jail of Delhi.
In the fight against corruption, the stand of central government is most disappointing Advani said, adding "in the cash for votes scam, the whistle blowers are in jail and those who benefitted out of it are free in the government."
When asked if the Yeddyurappa incident had not robbed sheen off the BJP, Advani said that BJP did not have any soft corner for the corrupt. He had to go the moment Lokayukta report came.
Advani chose not to join issue with Digvijay Singh of the Congress and said that he was surprised that a leader of his stature was making comments like that (attacking Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare and now Sri Sri).
Advani reiterated his stance that India should revisit its position on nuclear plants located on the coastal areas and extended his support for the protesters against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant saying that "topmost priority must be given to the security and safety of the people living in the vicinity of the plant."
The entire world has done and why does not India take a second view on the location of the Nuclear plants, the veteran BJP leader questioned.
On the plea for clemency by the convicted Rajiv Gandhi killers, Advani said that clemency should not be under political grounds, whether it was Rajiv Gandhi killers or attackers on the Indian parliament.
Asked if he would see the expansion of NDA's allies (with particular reference to AIADMK), Advani said that that anyone wanting to rule India must realise that coalition rule at the centre was here to stay.