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Advani to undertake yatra over blasts

Advani said the proposed yatras were against the "disruption of national unity and putting national security in jeopardy".

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 00:44 IST

LK Advani has announced that he would be undertaking yet another yatra in wake of the Varanasi blasts.

He said that he and BJP chief Rajnath Singh would embark on twin 'national integration yatras'.

"Between us, we will try to cover the country in two-three weeks time. The logistics including when to start and where to start is being worked out," he said.

He also announced thatthe BJP will not celebrate Holi and select senior leaders, including himself, would visit the blast-affected Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi on March 16.

Earlier too, Advani had gone on two prominent yatras. While his Somanath - Ayodhya rath yatra had catapulted the BJP to the centrestage of national politics, his 'Bharat Uday (India Shining) Yatra' ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha polls failed to help his party to regain power at the Centre.

The proposed 'National Integration Yatra' would be coinciding with the upcoming assembly elections in five states.

He said that "the impression all over the world that terrorism has abated ever since India and Pakistan commenced a dialogue is not correct. It is wrong."

Lambasting the Congress-led UPA Government, he said, "in the present global context, any political party which promotes the minority for the sake of vote bank is dangerously contributing to religious fundamentalism and thereby causing a grave threat to national unity and security".

He proudly asserted that one of the reasons behind the BJP coming to occupy a central place in Indian politics is its "uncompromising stand on the minorities which has been by and large endorsed by the people."

"It can have dangerous consequences and it sometimes becomes anti-national," he said, and alleged that one consistent trend since UPA came to power was its conviction about the loss of Muslim votes and the efforts to win them back.

Advani said the proposed yatras were against the "disruption of national unity and putting national security in jeopardy".

Asked whether the yatras were being done with an eye on the upcoming polls, he said, 'we are a political party. We cannot disregard the polls in five states. Both myself and Rajnath Singh have to address several election rallies. But the yatra would pass through areas which are not relevant to the polls".

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 16:50 IST