New Delhi: The BJP parliamentary board on Thursday
discussed the political situation in the country and senior
leader LK Advani`s nation-wide yatra against corruption
proposed to be held in October and November this year.
The parliamentary board, the supreme decision-making body
of the party, which met under Nitin
Gadkari, also decided to hold the party`s national executive
meeting in Delhi on September 11 when plans and strategies
of Advani`s yatra would be worked out.
Senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar told reporters outside
Gadkari`s residence after the Board meeting that the party
would "blow the bugle of struggle and awaken the people of the
country against corruption during this yatra".
Kumar said the party parliamentary board assessed the
Congress-led UPA government had "lost its legitimacy to remain
in power" and hence the need to awaken the people of the
He said a joint meeting of the BJP core group, party
general secretaries and chief ministers would also be held
before the party`s national executive meeting to discuss
Advani`s proposed yatra.
"The parliamentary board took stock of recent political
developments, especially in the last couple of months, and
decided to launch a drive against corruption "after various
scams of Congress-led UPA that came out recently."
Kumar said "we also discussed details of Advani`s
nation-wide yatra that he will be undertaking against
corruption and black money."
Kumar said that during the meetings of the core group and
the party`s national executive, the party will roll out its
inter-session plans and strategies of the nation-wide
agitation against corruption before the winter session of
He said "we also expressed our solidarity with our two
former MPs who have been wrongfully arrested and kept in Tihar
Jail for doing a commendable job of whistle-blowing. They
faught to save democracy and it is unfortunate that the
Congress and UPA government are treating both bribe-giver and
whistle-blowers in the same way. We condemn it."
Kumar evaded questions on possible change of leadership in
Uttarakhand which is going to assembly polls early next year.
Among others who attended the parliamentary board meeting
were Chairman of the BJP Parliamentary Board Advani, Leaders
of the Opposition in both Houses of Parliament Sushma Swaraj
and Arun Jaitley, besides senior party leader Murli Manohar
Joshi and Ananth Kumar.
Advani had earlier in the day announced that he would
undertake a yatra across the country against corruption.