BJP planning JP-like agitation against corruption, inflation

The opposition BJP that it was planning to launch an agitation on the lines of the pre-Emergency movement led by Jayaprakash Narayan on the issues of corruption, inflation and black money stashed abroad.

Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

New Delhi: The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Monday it was planning to launch an agitation on the lines of the pre-Emergency movement led by Jayaprakash Narayan on the issues of corruption, inflation and black money stashed abroad.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said senior party leaders, office-bearers and chief ministers will attend a meeting in Kolkata Feb 15 to discuss the strategy for taking the three issues to the people.

The meeting will also discuss the BJP`s plans for the budget session of parliament beginning Feb 21 and the party`s preparations for the assembly polls in West Bengal.

The office-bearers` meeting will be followed by a party rally to be addressed by party leaders including LK Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.

The rally is a culmination of a fortnight-long march taken out by the party`s West Bengal unit across the state.

Javadekar said the party plans to start an agitation against the government on the lines of the pre-Emergency movement and the one against the Rajiv Gandhi government on Bofors scam when various opposition parties had come together.

Evading a direct reply about the contours of the anti-corruption movement, he said there was tremendous unity among the opposition parties in parliament and outside on the streets on the issue.

IANS