Chapra (Bihar): Senior BJP leader L K
Advani today went down memory lane and recalled the period
when he was arrested from Samastipur in Bihar during his rath
yatra in 1990 for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
"I recall the period when I got arrested following the
order of the then chief minister in course of my rath yatra on
the temple issue and was lodged in Masanjore which is now in
Jharkhand," Advani said while addressing a public meeting
where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off his Jan Chetna
Rath against corruption.
"There is a lot of change then and now... today the
chief minister of the same state has come to welcome and flag
off the yatra," he said.
He was castigating his arrest from Samastipur
following order of the then Chief Minister Lalu Prasad.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Kumar,
without naming Lalu Prasad, decried that there were people who
were terming the Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption as
"communal" in nature.
"They have also questioned my secular image for
flagging off the Yatra... they should know it is yatra against
corruption which won`t be tolerated by people any more," he
"People should well understand the writing on the wall
and take lesson from the JP movement," he said.