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Never experienced such mass support: Advani

india Updated: Oct 20, 2011 20:53 IST
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BJP leader L K Advani on Thursday said he had "never experienced" such a mass support that he has received in his ongoing Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption.

"I have never experienced such mass support compared to my earlier five yatras across India. People are supporting me because they are saddened by the corruption in the country," Advani told a rally here.

"I was president of the Jan Sangh and BJP. I have gone on five Yatras across India. I have participated in every election since the first one in 1952 and the recent one in 2009. This time the peoples response is immense as they are angry with corruption," he said.

India is on its way to becoming an economic superpower in the 21st century and is a successful parliamentary democracy. But corruption has put a negative mark on India, he said.

"India has a lot of strength aur hum galti hone nei denge (we will not allow any mistake to happen)," Advani said.

He exhorted the people to repeat his slogan 'Bharat desh naya banayenga' (We will build a new India).

Speaking about his rally in Hyderabad, the BJP leader said, "The one person in modern India who is considered to have global impact is Swami Vivekananda. He knew it was not wise to give lessons on religion in India.

"In his 1897 speech in Madras, Vivekananda had asked the people to let their devis (goddesses) and devtas (gods) to rest for the next 50 years and only keep one devi - Bharat Mata (India) awake. Swami meant that worship of one's country is no less than religious worship."