New Delhi: A formal announcement of the details of senior BJP leader LK Advani`s rathyatra may take another couple of days as logistics, security and other
arrangements are being worked out but the campaign is likely to begin only after Dussehra, sources said.
Though some final glitches still remain to be sorted
out, highly placed sources said a consensus appears to be
building towards starting the rathyatra on October 11 which
marks the birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narain, who led the
The choice of starting point of the rathyatra also
seems to be narrowing down to Karamsad village in Gujarat`s
Anand district which is the birthplace of Sardar Patel.
Sources said an announcement about the date and
starting point of the yatra is likely on Thursday.
Since Advani has often compared the present political
situation and the "arrogance" of the Congress-led government
to the atmosphere prevailing prior to the Emergency and the
attitude of the Indira Gandhi regime, October 11 would be a
good date to begin the rathyatra, according to party leaders.
The former Home Minister has often been described by
his followers as the second Sardar Patel and hence starting
the yatra from Karamsad would send across a message.
September 25 (the date on which Advani started his Ram
Rathyatra in 1987) and October 2 (Mahatma Gandhi`s birth
anniversary) were being discussed as prospective dates for
starting the rathyatra but may be given up as two breaks would
have to be taken due to Dussehra and Diwali.
Party office bearers have been given the responsibility
of handling the yatra arrangements at the local level.
States to be covered are likely to be Gujarat,
Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh among others.
The yatra is likely to culminate in Delhi around
November 20, just before the Winter session of Parliament
begins. This would help BJP ride on the yatra wave during the
session and build pressure on the Congress-led government on
the issue of corruption, sources said.
The Winter session of Parliament is likely to begin on