Varanasi: Amid speculation over BJP`s prime
ministerial candidate, L K Advani on Thursday said that his yatra
was not aimed at "repackaging" himself.
"People ask me if this yatra of yours is to repackage
Advani. My answer is very clear that it has no link with me or
"It aims to generate self-confidence among the people in
this hour of deep dejection," Advani said while flagging off
Jan Swabhiman Yatra led by national vice-president Kalraj
Mishra in Uttar Pradesh.
Advani spoke after party leader Uma Bharti claimed that he
is the "most capable person" to lead the country in the
Welcoming Advani`s yatra here, Bharti said that in the
past Vishwanath Pratap Singh had raised the issue of
corruption in Bofors and had gone on to become the Prime
"Advani ji is the most capable person to lead the country
in the present situation," she said and added that though
Advani "would turn 84 in November, he retained the enthusiasm
of a twelve-year-old".
Bharti said that she had argued with Advani when at a BJP
national executive in Mumbai in 1995, Advani had proposed Atal
Bihari Vajpayee`s name as the BJP`s prime ministerial choice.
Advani, she said, had taken that decision to uphold the
wishes of the people.
As his yatra crossed Uttar Pradesh, where assembly polls
are due next year, Advani said the state should take lead in
rooting out corruption.
"Huge amount of black money is stashed away in foreign
banks. The country which has huge potential is unable to
become a great nation," he said.
Advani said that it was unfortunate that whatever was
being done to address the menace of corrution, is either by
the courts, CAG or PAC while "the government is doing
"Confidence of the people was shaken when they heard about
spectrum case, Mumbai land scam and corruption in Commonwealth
Games project," Advani said.
The BJP leader said Uttar Pradesh being a crucial state,
it was important that corruption menace is fought effectively.
"A good opportunity has come."
"There is deep sense of dejection among people and this
yatra is an attempt to generate confidence during this period
of depression," Advani said and claimed that corruption was
the root cause of inflation.
"If this black money stashed in foreign banks is brought
back, of the six lakh villages in the country there will not a
be single one without drinking water, road, school and
"The country which is being considered poor will become
prosperous," he said.
"I have done six yatras, but from the response generated
by his yatra it seems that it will give positive return,"
Praising senior leader Murali Manohar Joshi, he said
Joshi "exposed" the Prime Minister and the then Finance
Minister in the 2G case.
"Bhrastachaar mitayenge, naya bharat banayenge aur Kala
dhan wapas layenge naya bharat banayenge (We will root out
corruption and make a new India and We will bring back the
black money and make a new India) are the new slogans," he