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After RSS, BJP MPs back Advani's Yatra

BJP President Rajnath Singh too would be simultaneously undertaking the Yatra, most likely from Lucknow.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 12:23 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A day after the RSS backed his proposed 'National Integration Yatra', the BJP Parliamentary Party on Tuesday endorsed the controversial programme of LK Advani.

The Leader of Opposition had earlier declared that "it would change the course of national politics".

Advani, who plans to embark on the Yatra from Gujarat on April 6, asserted that "whenever the Congress has indulged in minorityism and the BJP has exposed it, the political situation in the country underwent a sea change".

The former BJP chief was responding to a query from a member who wanted him "to clear the confusion sought to be created on the Yatra" announced by Advani.

The Yatra was announced in the wake of the Varanasi bomb blasts last week, BJP Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Vijay Kumar Malhotra said.

BJP President Rajnath Singh too would be simultaneously undertaking the yatra, most likely from Lucknow.

However, it is Advani's Yatra which has become controversial in the light of his past yatras and reported differences over it within the party and the Sangh Parivar.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who chaired the meeting, did not make any comments on the Yatra.

In a virtual endorsement, the party MPs thumped the desks after Advani explained the objectives of the Yatra.

The MPs were later asked to create awareness about it in the constituencies falling on the route of the twin Yatras.

Dismissing reports that the RSS had reservations on Advani's Yatras proposed to any effort to create public awareness against threat posed to national unity and integrity.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 12:23 IST