The unending trail of scams that are being unearthed during the Congress regime have totally demoralised the people of the country, putting a spoke in the country’s march towards becoming one of the frontline countries of the world, Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani has said.

Addressing a public reception accorded to him at Cherthala near here as part of his ‘Jana Chetana Yatra’ on Saturday, Mr. Advani said corruption scandals were nothing new whenever the Congress ruled the country, starting from the regimes of Jawaharlal Nehru, through that of Indira Gandhi and up to Rajiv Gandhi, when the nation saw the entire Lok Sabha resigning in protest of the Bofors scam. However, never before has India witnessed one scandal after the other as was the current situation.

The Government headed by Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi was seeing every top body of the country, including the Supreme Court and the CAG, pulling up the Government and one Minister after the other ending up in jail. This situation had demoralised the people, he said.

However, though the whole world was wondering what was happening in India, the country still had the potential to become a leading world power, if corruption was ended and all the black money that was stashed away in accounts including those in Swiss banks were brought back, he said.

Mr. Advani, who said his yatra was being received with “open arms” and a “massive response” all across Kerala, was accompanied by his daughter Pratibha Advani, BJP leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ananth

Kumar, P. Muralidhar Rao and Shyam Jaju.

His yatra entered Alappuzha district from Kottayam and reached Cherthala via Thanneermukkom before leaving for Ernakulam by 7.30 p.m.

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