Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani on Thursday surprised the crowd at a public meet here by tapping his foot and putting his hands together for a pop song, composed specially for his Jan Chetna Yatra, a nationwide public awareness tour against corruption and stashing away of black money in foreign countries.
Other party leaders and his daughter Pratibha Advani too joined him in cheering the crowd for the Hindi song with the punch line, “Enough of it.” He made sure that the song titled ‘Sankalp Yatra' was played immediately after his speech. He also introduced Bollywood filmmaker Manishankar, who had recorded the song on his request, to the audience.
Striking a chord with the people of the State, he said: “Long time back, I have seen a Tamil film named Veerapandia Kattabomman. When I was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the first time, a nominated member of the Parliament Sivaji Ganesan of your State met me in the lobby. Then, I told him that I knew him and I had seen his movie.
“I am told that today is the anniversary of the martyrdom of Marudhu brothers who earned the wrath of the British for giving asylum to the brother of Veerapandia Kattabomman. It is a privilege for having begun the second rung of my yatra (after a two-day break in view of Deepavali) on this occasion. I pay my homage to the Marudhu brothers,” he said amid thunderous applause.
There were intermittent rains until Mr. Advani reached the venue on West Masi Street-North Masi Street junction at about 7.45 p.m. But the downpour stopped immediately thereafter. After concluding the public meet at 9 p.m., Mr. Advani, his daughter and others prayed at the Nehru Alalasundara Vinayagar Temple situated under a banyan tree adjacent to the dais and waved to the crowd jostling to take a look at them.
A huge posse of policemen were deployed for security purpose and even journalists were allowed only after obtaining special passes from the party's media organiser.
He made sure that the song titled ‘Sankalp Yatra' was played immediately after his speech