Taking a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA government, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Friday alleged that the prime minister does not have a final say in running the government.
"The prime minister has to have the last word in running the government. However, his behaviour suggests that the buck does not stop at 7 Race Course Road. The buck only stops when 10 Janpath endorses the decision," Advani said, while addressing a rally at Borivli as part of his 7,600km Jan Chetna Yatra. Organised to focus on inflation, corruption and black money, the yatra had entered its 24th day on Friday. It was flagged off by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at Sitabdiara in Bihar on October 11.
During his hurried 15-minute speech at Borivli, Advani once again trained his guns at the UPA government over rising inflation and corruption and blamed them on mismanagement and corruption at high levels of the government. "The objective of my yatra is to fight inflation and that won't reduce, even though we have Manmohan Singh, an economist as the prime minister, until corruption ends. Both these issues are tied."
Other political heavyweights, who were present at the rally included Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde and Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athavale.
Earlier during the day, Advani was given a rousing welcome by the state BJP cadre when his yatra entered the city through Airoli. He was received by Munde, head of party's Thane unit Suresh Haware and head of Shiv Sena's Navi Mumbai unit Vijay Chougule.
During his brief stopover at Navi Mumbai, Advani gave three slogans to party workers, who had gathered to welcome the veteran leader at CBD Belapur. Advani, who addressed the party workers from atop the bus, thanked people for the welcome accorded to him.
He said, "I have three slogans for you. The first is corruption that we will end, second is black money that we will bring back and third is Bharat desh that we will make anew."
Harping on the issue of black money, the BJP leader said, "According to an estimate, Rs 25 lakh crore is stashed away in foreign banks in Switzerland. If we bring that money back, we will ask the government not to spend it on cities, but on uplift of six lakh villages of our country." He added, "This will result in all-round development and progress of villages with adequate infrastructure. All villages will have proper roads, schools and water. Nothing in the world will then stop India from becoming an economic super power."