New Delhi: BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday announced that party veteran LK Advani’s much-publicised yatra against corruption will focus on promoting "good governance and clean politics".
Addressing a press conference in the national capital, BJP chief said, “Senior party leader LK Advani’s Jan Chetna yatra will start from Sitabdiyara- the birthplace of nationalist leader Jai Prakash Narayan – on October 11.”
“The main objective of the yatra is to build a consensus among the common public against rising corruption, promoting good governance, clean politics and transforming India into a powerful state in the near future,” Gadkari said.
The BJP chief, while announcing the modalities of the yatra, said, “It will encompass 18 states and touch three Union Territories. During the yatra, nationwide seminars, street shows, awareness campaigns on most pressing issues etc will be launched to create awareness among the public and to ensure the success of this initiative.”
Gadkari further said, “The entire cadre base of the party, several NGOs, other political outfits and all senior BJP leaders will extend support and cooperation to Advani ji during the entire course of the yatra.”
He said that the Jan Chetana yatra will conclude in Delhi on Nov 20 in form of a massive rally.
The BJP president also slammed the government for its apparent double standards in punishing the whistle-blower BJP MPs in the infamous cash-for-votes scam in 2008 and protecting its own corrupt ministers.
“The UPA government is shielding its own corrupt ministers but putting those in jail who exposed the cash-for-votes scam and other irregularities in the functioning of the government,” he said.
“CWG and the 2G are the biggest scams unearthed in the country post-independence. The government has completely failed on all fronts and the situation now looks appalling,” Gadkari told reporters.
The BJP leadership is hoping that Advani’s yatra should focus on corruption so as to take advantage of the popular mood against corruption.