New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani
on Sunday justified his proposed yatra for good governance and
clean politics, saying a spate of scams and "subversion" of
parliamentary institutions by UPA government had prompted him
to reach out to the people across the country.
In his valedictory address at BJP national executive meet
here, Advani said the arrest of "whistleblowers", a reference
to two former BJP MPs and his former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni,
in the cash-for-vote scam was the trigger for his yatra.
Advani`s yatra is said to have caused a rift between him
and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who reportedly feels
Advani is trying to throw in his hat for becoming BJP`s Prime
Ministerial candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections.
"Advani described the cash-for-vote scam as the biggest
scam in the country since independence. He attacked the
government for talking about a law for protection of
whistleblowers but on the other hand sent them to jail," a
senior party leader said.
Advani said the 2G spectrum scam, Commonwealth Games
anomalies and the Adarsh Housing Society scam had also
Advani praised the CAG and the Supreme Court for their
role in dealing with corruption.
"These scams and the arrest of the whistleblower MPs had
made Advani think of the yatra and he said in his speech that
he felt the need to go to villages and districts across the
country to make people aware about the scams," a party leader
He charged there was a "crisis" of governance and the UPA
government was "not fit" to rule.
The BJP conclave discussed in detail the plans of the
yatra and some sessions were dedicated to it.