Punjab: Protesters hurl eggs at Advani`s rath

Last Updated: Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 20:12

Bhatinda: BJP leader LK Advani`s yatra on Sunday
met a hostile reception in Punjab, with protesters hurling
eggs at his `rath` and waving black flags, briefly disrupting
his convoy`s journey in the state, where the party is in power
along with Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal).

A 30-40-strong group of protesters belonging to Shiromani
Akali Dal (Amritsar) and some Muslim organisations staged
protests near village Sanghera while the yatra was on its way
to Barnala.

The protesters, who came out from the fields along the
road, hurled eggs at Advani`s rath while showing black flags,
leading to halting of the cavalcade to clean the modified bus
in which the BJP leader is travelling during his yatra against
corruption.

The protesters belonging to SAD(Amritsar), which is led by
Simranjit Singh Mann, shouted slogans in support of Khalistan
and against Advani when the rath passed through Bathinda and
Sangrur districts.

As many as 30 protesters belonging to SAD(A) along with
their district president Parminder Singh Ballianwali were
detained as a precautionary measure and sent to Kotfatta
police Station, police sources said.

Another group of protesters from a Muslim organisation
headed by Nagina Begum was among those who staged protests
against the yatra.

Advani`s yatra was welcomed as it entered from Haryana
border in Dabhwali by SAD(B) MP Harsimrat Kaur, wife of SAD
Chief and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

"The rath yatra is neither planned for elections of BJP
nor is an agenda of the BJP. It is a protest by me and I want
to say that it has become difficult for me to live in the
country of scams," said Advani while addressing small
gatherings in the state.

The BJP leader said that if the past year had been "a year
of scams", 2012 should be turned in to a "year of
accountability".

Advani claimed that he had received "tremendous" response
of the people for the yatra. "Even in Tamil Nadu I received a
lot of support and people came to hear what I had to say" he
maintained, adding that the anger of the people against
corruption had resulted in his getting "so much support".

Advani said that he believed that corruption and inflation
were related. "The Prime Minister is an economist and if he
cannot control inflation there is no other reason but
corruption," he said.

"When Vajpayee government conducted the nuclear tests in
Pokharan, the US imposed sanctions on the country but for six
years we kept the prices under control due to proper
management of the economy," he said.

Advani said that there was no mention of any scam during
the Vajpayee regime and accused the Congress of making DMK
ministers "a scapegoat" in the 2G case.

"They say that all this was done by (former Telecom
minister) A Raja. But what Raja was doing was in the knowledge
of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Finance Minister who
is now the Home Minister was also aware of what Raja was
doing," he alleged.

"....The prominent people from the Congress party, who
were aware of all the happenings, are left untouched," Advani
said.

Advani said that the CBI should find out whether the Prime
Minister was aware of what was happening and did he agree to
Raja`s decisions.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 20:12

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