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Acid test for Advani yatra

Amid a high alert, the Bharat Uday Yatra of Dy PM LK Advani will enter Gopalganj district on Wednesday from UP. The Naxals have threatened to disrupt the yatra in the state.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Patna
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2004 09:06 PM IST

Amid a high alert, the Bharat Uday Yatra of Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani would enter Bihar's Gopalganj district on Wednesday from Uttar Pradesh.

BJP sources said Advani's yatra would pass through eight districts, including Gopalganj, East Champaran, Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Jehanabad, Gaya and Nawada.

All the police stations in these districts have been put on maximum alert, police sources said adding besides the CRPF deployment on the 450-km route, commandoes and STF personnel would also be posted at various places for the yatra.

During his two-day electioneering, Advani is scheduled to address 15 public meetings in the state.

Chief Secretary KAH Subramanian and Director General of police held high-level meetings with the state officials to review the preparations for providing security for the yatra.

The ultra-left outfits--People's War and Maoist Communist Centre have threatened to disrupt Advani's yatra in Bihar.

BJP too has made preparations for full security of Advani's yatra and warned RJD supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav against stopping it this time.

Yadav has threatened that the yatra would be stopped if it vitiated communal harmony in the state.

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