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Advani in yatra mode again, this time against corruption

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Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani will once again undertake a ‘yatra’ and traverse all across the country to raise awareness against corruption. File photo
The Hindu Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani will once again undertake a ‘yatra’ and traverse all across the country to raise awareness against corruption. File photo

“The details are being worked out, Gadkari has agreed”

Some time between now and the start of the winter session of Parliament, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani will once again undertake a ‘yatra’ and traverse the whole country to raise awareness against corruption.

“I will undertake a ‘yatra’ against corruption. The details are being worked out. Adhyakshji [Nitin Gadkari] has agreed,” Mr. Advani, flanked by the two leaders of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, announced at a press conference here on Thursday.

Asked whether this signalled that he would be his party’s prime ministerial candidate during the next Lok Sabha election, Mr. Advani replied: “phir wahi ghisi piti baat [you are again on the same old subject].”

Did he think that a mid-term election was possible? Mr. Advani repeated what he recently said in Nellore, but stopped short of asking for an early election, which he had done in Nellore.

“I said a few days ago this government’s legitimacy is over. The government may not think that, but I do believe the government’s mandate is exhausted.”

The ‘yatra’ would be “more or less like the earlier ones.” It would be against corruption and would focus on clean politics, he said.

‘A suggestion’

When a reporter asked him whether he intended to go through Bellary during his ‘yatra’, his response was that it was a suggestion.

Would Mr. Advani invite Anna Hazare to join the ‘yatra’? In response, he simply folded his hands as if to say ‘excuse me.’

On the proposed ‘yatra’ RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said “all affiliates of the RSS have already been asked to actively participate in all anti-corruption campaigns, as we did in the Anna Hazare-led movement.”

The last ‘rath-yatra’ undertaken by the 84-year-old BJP leader was the ‘Uday Yatra’ in March-April 2004 ahead of the election that year. At that time, he was master of the BJP party machine, unlike this time when Nitin Gadkari is in the saddle as party president.

His most famous one was the ‘Ram rath yatra’ from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1990 – cut short at Samastipur by Lalu Prasad who arrested him. The BJP then withdrew support to the V.P. Singh government leading to its fall and a fresh election.

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This is the time to avoid such yatra. Yes, I would love to see him touring the country, holding meetings more so with the intelligentsia of the country.

from:  Dr. Rajkumar jain
Posted on: Sep 11, 2011 at 17:41 IST

Advaniji is trying to steal Anna Hazare's show which would much more effective that that of Advani's yatra. Moreover, Anna's yatra would have significantly benefitted BJP. Advaniji must cancel his yatra in the interest of BJP

from:  S L Gera
Posted on: Sep 10, 2011 at 19:32 IST

So, since when did Advani figure out there was corruption? Looks like copy-cats are emerging out in dozens, due to the corruption "fashion" fad these days.

from:  Samson
Posted on: Sep 10, 2011 at 02:13 IST

Good but belated bold decision on anti-corruption yatra.Due to corruption,common people of India suffering from price rise,red tapism,unemployment, poverty & lack of proper education system.We want to take the issue of price rise & terrorism during your yatra.you must clear your party stand on corruption,terrorism & price rise during this yatra. We wish great success to your anti corruption yatra.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 20:22 IST

Dear Advaniji, majority of ordinary Indians understand the genuinity of talks made by the politicians.They understand what is crocodile tears, aimed at what.Please stop this kind of dramas.At least in this ripe age please do some good,sustainable work and suggestions for this great country to move forward without any selfish and political motivations.Please.

from:  Dravidan
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 19:54 IST

The earlier yatras of Advaniji did not fetch expected results to gain the power own their own . Now that Annaji has prepared the ground of anti corruption The BJP stalwart wants to cash it. But people know it well that Adwaniji's party also is deeply rooted in corruption hence the yatra will not help BJP to grab the power at Delhi.

from:  Rohidas Raut
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 19:32 IST

Anna Hazare has already highlighted the prevailing & pervasive corruption in our country.If LKA concentrates in his yatra, on proper governance and timely punishment of the wrongdoers, belonging to whatever political party, to whatever strata of society they may belong it will be worth the exercise. Otherwise it will remain as a political stunt only. In his yatra he would do well to introduce the future PM proposed by the BJP. That will clear all the doubts among the peoples' mind about his own candidature. His yatra must present the BJP roadmap for the oncoming term of the parliament. A lot of bad blood has been created on his past yatra and the performance of the BJP govt during their recent tenure. Airing contradictory opinions by the BJP leadership in public and infighting among them in the state and in the HQ of the party is causing irrepairable damage to it. This also has to be wiped out. A strong BJP, well organised will be an asset to the nation.

from:  S.Chidambaresa Iyer
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 18:51 IST

Mr Advani seems to have been left out as compared to Anna so here he comes up with this formula....it would have been better had he come up with some plans on how to reduce corruption...people whose name top in India's corruption list they take out these rath yathra against corruption..its a joke!!!

from:  Nazish
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 18:39 IST

I request Advaniji with folded hands not to execute his yatra plans, which are impregnant with creating chaotic conditions in the country. His act would not only come handy but also act as a catalyst for the terrorist outfits like HUJIs, IMs etc. (the elimination of which we all want so earnestly)to plan and carry out any destructive activities, and thereby inflict gloom and sufferings upon unknown innocent citizens yet again. Advaniji is more a politician now than a social activist to embark upon such campaigns. He didn't make use of the opportunities as union minister to formulate policies and initiate schemes for eradicating corruption. In fact when his party lost power in 2004, it was deep into corruption. Hence, let there be just one front now, that of Anna Hazare, to carry out fight against corruption, and let all others rally behind it. For improving the chances in next elections, Advaniji will have to behave like a statesman, in intent as well as in methods.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 16:23 IST

Would he want to start Yatra before Anna’s movement gather famous and overwheliming support across country?. Now he understood that youths certainly support the anti-corruption agitation whoever may take the lead might be he thoughts. Anna had a immaculate character and clean image and never having the intention of occupying any political created powers. No one from his family in politics and he is bachelor and sleeps in temple and abandoned his family members from decades. To keeping the view of midterm election and taking the advantage of anti-courrption movement gaining significance in the present situation would definitely gathers crows wherever he goes. He should think bringing back of money which kept in foreign banks instead courrption this issue has been already take by Anna team and they are doing well. Before starts yatra take the oath of not issuing tickest to criminals and those involved in courription changes in forthcoming election. If this strategy adopted by his party

from:  Raghavendra R Pawar
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 16:09 IST

Advani is a frustrated man as he could not fulfil his dream of becoming the PM.First time when he led the Rath Yatra on Ram Mandir isuue, the party did come to power but the top post had gone to a reluctant Vajpeyi. Though his party has now sidelined him, he hopes to cash on the confusion regarding the top leadership among the second-line leaders. Not withstanding his advanced age, he is ready to lead another Rath yatra on the currently hot topic of corruption with the fond hope that it will help him to fulfill his life's dream.But the situation now is different from that of the last Yatra. His party is facing corruption charges in all states where it is ruling. Let him start his Yatra from Bellary in Karnataka and pass through MP, Chattisgarh and Gujarat.

from:  K V Ravindran
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 15:13 IST

I appreciate Mr Advani for taking a bold step, that too at this age. We have to ignore those people who will never see and think positively. For some name of Mr Advani and BJP is an allergy! We may agree with his view or not but, it is impossible to call him corrupt.

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 13:30 IST

Mr. Advani does not seem to have any idea about the level of awareness ordinary Indians already have against corruption because it is they who are worst hit by its consequences unlike people like him. Anti-corruption 'yatra' by the most senior leader of a party which is up to its neck in corruption sounds ironic and ludicrous. Instead of wasting his time in reinventing the wheel, he should rather take steps to purge corruption out of his own party first and then concentrate on scoring political brownie points which the proposed nation wide 'yatra' is all about.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 13:19 IST

our nation is a victim of corruption. we want to get rid of it. give this old man another chance . let him proceed . At this time when we want to eradicate this corruption giant from our country even a small help may some other way would be magnified.L K Advani had role in pushing govt for Anna's three key demands and/or for a mature debate in parliament over corruption . i would say even if congress want to start any campaign we should welcome it. but let this nation be free of corruption. now dont let this kranti go in vain. we need harder laws against corruption.

from:  Sharmarx
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 12:40 IST

This is good initiative and i will support any kind of yathra on Correption and which will help our country to grow and people country benefited from that.I also support any person should take yathra on anti terrorism.

from:  Megavath Saida
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 12:38 IST

Going by his credentials, I would guess that his Rath Yatra will probably be against "Islamic corruption", leading to communal clashes, bloodshed and mayhem. Maybe he can also demand that a few temples should be constructed in place of mosques and churches to get India rid of corruption. Of course, this is a game by the perpetual PJB Prime-Minister-in-waiting to cover the corruption by BJP politicians. (By the way, I am a Hindu).

from:  Pankaj Sharma
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 12:37 IST

India needs to concentrate on Law and Oder situation : @Borders: where terrorists are easily sneeking in through land/sea @Streets: where hooligans can trample lives of any one. @Universities: students going rampant on any issue. But most needed thing is Law and Order @Parliament where Law is framed. Will our Indians have any respect for those who are having not two mouths but thousand, even the chemelion will feel inferior to these 'netas' who can do anything to get power. Parliament is turning into Kingdom of Dhritrashtra where democracy given treatment of 'draupadi' at the hands of 'duryodhanas' and there is no "Krishna' to save the 'Pandavas' who have gambled away in 'election their voting powers to gang of 'four duryodhana, dushashan, Shakuni and Karna'...Real blame rests with 'deaf and dumb and silent public' who still encourages regional parties to rule Nation. There has to be Two party rule and then only right adminstration can be expected.

from:  Kishor
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 12:32 IST

Shri Advani created a monster Yatra in 1993. That killed many during Babri demolition.Result of this act was: Communal divide. Mumbai 1993 blast.Terrorists united world over against India and Pakistan got one more point to paint India is not safe for Muslims.When BJP was in power: it could do nothing when Kandhahar drama unfoled. He carried with him cash and terrorist in plane. When BJP was in power, J&K has seen many blasts, but govt could do nothing.They 'talk' patriotism. They 'sing' songs but terrorists Acts ,
Actions are louder than talks. India does not need repeat of 'Yatra' of any sort. India wants development, progress and preace. India needs strong administration, and Law is helpless when it comes to taking action against 'corrupt' ones. First clean the mess what is swirlling around. And then take up new 'project called Rath Yatra'.

from:  Kishor
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 12:24 IST

What a Irony. BJP is looting in Karnataka and this guy is doing a Anti-corruption rally.

from:  Kalyan T R
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 12:16 IST

BJP is going through the crisis of Ideas.they sometime come with out of context ideas and sometime with vague objective.Our country's people were never more aware as today about corruption so there is no sense to embark an odyssey to aware the masses.Instead of they can come with roadmap to eradicate evil of corruption,terrorism,poverty and girl foeticide as a responsible opposition.

from:  Jitendra Singh
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 12:00 IST

It is truly unfortunate that a true patriot like LKA made one big mistake which is sadly the criterion for judging all his actions. True,the Ayodhya campaign was ideologically flawed from the very start,but those who cry hoarse about the BJP and the RSS at the drop of a hat,should for a second reflect on how cowardly and overtly divisive on religious lines the Congress party is and has always been.The worst part of these terrible depictions of the BJP is that the common man is unable to make any objective assessment of the BJP's policies on common NATIONAL issues, especially considering that the BJP IS the main opposition party in Indian democracy. One is forced to view every issue along more or less religious lines, and see one party as 'communal' and the other as 'secular' at the expense of any critical understanding of an issue itself. Terrorism,national security, and even corruption,are just some of the issues where sadly the citizen's judgement becomes thus polarised.

from:  luharsen
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 11:20 IST

If BJP has to take advantage of crisis from UPA is presently undergoing then party has to take many actions, to present itself a good alternative to congress such as put it's own house in order, Never help & support corrupt ( Like Reddy Brothers) , Take minorities in confidence and most important that Mr. Advani should gracefully retire from active politics (like Mr. Vajpayee ) and publically declare that in future he will never contest any election and will not accept any Position of power . Advaniji by doing so you will do a great favour to your party and nation. Cancel idea of another Rath Yatra , public is already aware of wrong doing of UPA and no Rath Yatra is needed it will be counter productive. Please accept this fact gracefully that your acceptance in masses including BJP supporter is not good. Your usefulness is over and by continuing in active politics you will be a liability to your party. Please give chance to younger persons and bless them to lead nation to a corrupt

from:  Anil Chandak
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 09:58 IST

BJP has had one of the allegedly most corrupt governments in Bangalore, and the party did pretty little about it so far. All action that's happening now is on account of the Lokayukta report. Given this background, one wonders with what moral authority does BJP campaign against corruption when it's house is not in order.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 09:52 IST

Before embarking on this mission, let him clean his house and set it in order

from:  Saleem Ponnambath
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 09:40 IST

Parliament has 1/3 criminal MPs and it is heading towards 50%.by the end of its term. Mr. L.K. Advani is true to his colours and the colours of his party. He has nothing to loose but to glorify the Criminal Act for the cause he champions to his stature as ex-PM- in- waited. Here’s an excerpt from a press release dated July 10th, 2008:
The coming general elections to the Lok Sabha do not forecast a bright future if the composition of the Lok Sabha 2004 at present is any indication. There are 120 MPs with criminal cases against them out of 543, or 22.1%. Among the major parties, the BJP has 29 MPs with a criminal record, the Indian National Congress (INC) 24, the SP 11, RJD 8, CPM 7, BSP 7, NCP 5 and CPI 2. The number of cases of serious crimes is 333, with several MPs having multiple cases. If we look at violent crimes like murder, attempt to murder, robbery, dacoity, kidnapping, theft and extortion, rape, other violent crimes like assault using dangerous weapons or causing grievous hurt, the Samajwadi Party (SP) leads with 80 cases, followed by BSP 43, BJP 17, INC 16, RJD 9, CPM 5, CPI 1, NCP 2. Other crimes like cheating, fraud, forgery, giving false oaths to public officials and so on have BSP 23, RJD 22, INC 21, BJP 11, SP 11 and CPM 6. [Emphasis added.]
Anyone familiar with the disastrous state of India should not be overly surprised to learn that the Indian parliament has an overwhelmingly greater percentage of criminals than the general population. How effectively a nation functions and how successful it is depends on its leaders who make public policy and thus critically determine the outcome. India’s failure to develop and achieve its potential is proof positive that its leadership is lacking.

from:  A. Patrawala
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 08:37 IST

The hollowness of leadership in the Bharatiya Janata Party is visible now. Mr. Advani is not a preferred candidate for the top post of Indian Parliament. The party did not announce the name for Prime Ministerial post and it became rudderless as well. The congress party, though sank into various sacms, it has a candidate to project its Prime Ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi who is not capable of running the party successfully. The fate of India would be in the hands of a novice like Rahul Gandhi who will be surrounded with coterie, if the Bharatiya Janata Party fails to announce its prime ministerial candidate before the general election.The Rath Yatra of Advani is just a stunt to prove that he is the prime ministerial aspirant but the party is not in a mood to accept him. People lost faith in him as a capable leader. There is no other candidate to claim as future PM in the party. It is so pathetic that the disciplined and cadre based party is now rudderless.

from:  Rallabhandy Ravindranath
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 08:24 IST

Mr Advani - It will be great help to nation as well as BJP if you stop this yatra drama. We still remember your past yatras and you will dilute the efforts of real indian heroes like Anna through your political yatra. You are doing this for votes cause we know what was your opinion towards ANna's request. BJP stop this man if you think you need to be in the existence.

from:  pankaj
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 08:23 IST

We are bored of your relentless organizing yatras. Do we really need them when there are less expensive means to organize a support? Besides, our people need solutions to the issues and not just leadership that only talks, talks and talks with vemonious words.... Please either retire or do work that is demonstrative.

from:  Suneeta
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 07:47 IST

Let the Yatra begin from Karnataka !

from:  Sree
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 07:38 IST

Well.... Mr.Advani brought a smile on my face when he said.."phir wahi ghisi piti baat". May be the whole country would feel the same when he talks about yatras. Can't the Indian Politicians think of doing something good and worth for the country (atleast for a change). But can't really blame them., its the people of this great Country that have to be blamed. These 'Nautankis' will go on...just the cast will change from.. Anna., Advani., Amma., Kalaignar., Sonia... etc., as long as the people want to clap hands for whatever nautankis performed by the so called 'Leaders'.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 07:14 IST

whom is he trying to cheat. With Amar Singh & Reddy brothers arrest,BJP is exposed for its role in corruption.The public of India should go on Yatra against these kind of politicians

from:  G.Jayaranman
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 05:05 IST

Sir,We have seen enough of this leader doing and how he fared as Minister since 1977. We should thank Lallu yadav to have stopped his previous yatra! Pray Almighty to give such old people some wisdom to retire from being MP/MLA/Minister and give away at least 50% of their wealth to charities in the form of donations to trusts like those ,run by Sivanandha and such like noble organisations all over India helping the poor which he can do in so many ways; act only in an advisory capacity to younger & intelligent persons of his own party after Vacating his seat in the next election. Lallu Prasad and all present congress leaders should do the same and give up boldly their MP/MLA seats if they have held them for 4 times in life (or 20 years), to other younger & intelligent leaders of their choice but not to own relations in the coming elections. Will they do? Old saying is 'Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

from:  C.G.Venkatesan
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 02:48 IST

This a very good decision. He can start from Bellary!!!

from:  Raman
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 02:37 IST

Yatra for anti-corruption will keep burning the candle of anti-corruption movement. If BJP want to win in general elections, they need to come clean and remove all corrupt people from its own organization. The BJP has once-in-a-life time opportunity to burry the congress. They can do it if they stay on the message without playing politics and withdraw their support for Telangana in Andhra Pradesh. They need to come out to show that BJP works for a unified India (no discrimination between castes, religions, sex, languages, rich and poor) without corruption.

from:  KVR
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 02:11 IST

Is BJP really supporting ANNA ? Sometimes,It seems they are using ANNA like a ladder to step up ??

from:  Ankit Khandewal
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 01:45 IST

The timing of this yatra is apt for BJP. Its asking for revival taking advantage of the consternation of Indian people. Only time will decide whether he will be the last man standing or be belittled by the people.

from:  Suresh Basetty
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 01:38 IST

Mr. Advani should take some rest now. Corruption will be taken care of by the people since no political party can handle the situation properly.

from:  Gnanam
Posted on: Sep 9, 2011 at 00:16 IST

Mr.Advani must take Mr.Yeduyerappa to Accompany him on this yatra

from:  ashfaq
Posted on: Sep 8, 2011 at 23:56 IST

Lal Krishna Advani need not go on a Yatra. He will be doing a great service to the nation by asking the members of his party in parliament to allow Gujarat Lok Ayukta as well as Indian parliament to function to the fullest possible extent. He loves Rath Yatras to get himself the job of PM of India.

from:  R K Rao
Posted on: Sep 8, 2011 at 23:41 IST

As usual Advaniji is there fishing in troubled waters !

from:  Haja Abu Bucker
Posted on: Sep 8, 2011 at 23:30 IST

Let Adwaniji start his proposed YATRA from Bellari and pass through out the length and breadth of the Karnataka state and then proceed to all the other states now being misruled by his party. Let him clean up his kitchen first and then proceed to the neighbor's kitchen.

from:  Mathew P.Abraham
Posted on: Sep 8, 2011 at 23:22 IST
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