New Delhi: The Congress on Friday condemned the
alleged attempts to bribe journalists covering L K Advani`s
yatra and claimed that it has vindicated its stand that the
BJP venture was not against corruption but had a "hidden
"The attempt to bribe journalists is very unfortunate
and condemnable. We have always been saying that the Yatra was
not against corruption. Whenever Advani has taken out a yatra
there has been a hidden agenda," party spokesman Rashid Alvi
told reporters here.
Noting that Advani took out the Somnath-Ayodhya
Rathyatra in 1990 to capture power at the Centre, he said that
when the BJP-led NDA was in power, the party "just forgot
about the issue".
There have been allegations that certain local
journalists at Satna in Madhya Pradesh were given currency
notes of Rs 500 each in an envelope after a press conference
by local BJP leaders on the yatra, but the state BJP unit has
Advani has said he will ask Madhya Pradesh party chief to
inquire into the matter.