Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani will address public meetings at six places in the State during the course of his Jana Chetana Yatra against corruption on Friday and Saturday.
The locations are Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kottarakara, Pandalam, Kottayam, and Cherthala.
Mr. Advani, who arrives at Aryankavu on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border on Friday evening, will reach Thiruvananthapuram by 7.30 p.m. via Madathara, Palode, Nedumangad, Peroorkada, and Palayam. He is accompanied by national leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ananth Kumar, and Muralidhar Rao.
Focus in State
BJP State president V. Muraleedharan told the media here on Thursday that in Kerala the yatra would focus on the partnership between the ruling and the Opposition fronts in corruption. Both fronts were afraid of inquiries into corruption charges. The allegation about corruption in the setting up of a pollution control plant at Travancore Titanium Products which caused a loss of Rs.130 crore to the exchequer was the latest. The Left Democratic Front which had opposed an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation while in power was now demanding it. However, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy refused to oblige for fear of exposure.
Mr. Muraleedharan said the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was not keen on exposing the deals behind the BrahMos project in Thiruvananthapuram. The investigation into the allegations of corruption in Malabar Cements Ltd. had been effectively paralysed by removing the investigating officer and appointing none in his place.
He said the yatra would expose the unholy alliance between the two fronts who were partners in corruption. He said the reports that Mr. Advani would skip his tour of Bangalore were incorrect. Mr. Advani would be leaving for Bangalore from Kochi on Sunday.