NDA to target corruption, UPA at massive rally

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance on Wednesday takes its fight against corruption to the streets of the national capital.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010, 12:30 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: After stalling the Parliament for almost the entire Winter Session, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Wednesday takes its fight against corruption to the streets of the national capital.

All major leaders of the NDA constituents have arrived in Delhi to take part in the massive rally to be held at the famous Ram Lila Maidan.

The aim is to target the Congress-led UPA on various corruption scams that have hit the government over the past few months.

“The plan is to take the Opposition`s fight against corruption to the entire country," JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said.

He said all NDA constituents will participate in Wednesday’s rally when asked to comment on Shiv Sena’s threat to boycott it over Raj’s visit to BJP office in Mumbai on Monday.

“I don’t know about this. All the constituents of NDA will be part of the rally... Manohar Joshi has said Anant Gite will be participating in the rally from Shiv Sena. He (Joshi) said he will not be able to take part in the rally as he is not in good health,” he said.

“I can’t say who will come and who will not,” he said when asked to give names of other leaders.

Yadav also said efforts were made to bring non-NDA parties to the rally too but they could not succeed. However, efforts are still on in the direction, he added.

The NDA is hoping that the agitation would be a rallying point for all Opposition parties on the lines of July 5 Bharat Bandh against price hike.

Today’s rally kick-starts the NDA’s two-month long, nationwide campaign against corruption.

NDA’s massive show of strength comes just two days after the Congress held its plenary session on the outskirts of the national capital, where its leaders took turns to attack the BJP on issues ranging from right-wing terror to land scam in Karnataka..

The BJP has also come under attack from the Left parties as well as other small parties over its double standards on corruption by refraining to take action against Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddurappa, who has been accused in a land scam.

At the plenary, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had once again rejected the BJP’s demand to set up a JPC to investigate the 2G scam, but expressed his readiness to appear before the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee. The BJP however turned down the PM’s offer.