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Yeddyurappa arrest fallout: Advani avoids direct media contact

Monday October 17, 2011 07:08:15 PM, Pervez Bari, ummid.com

BJP senior leader L K Advani leaves for Bhopal during the 'Jan Chetna Yatra'at Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh.

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Bhopal: Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP) leader L.K. Advani is feeling the heat of the arrest of former Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, in a corruption case.

It appears that Yeddyurappa has darkened the prospects of Advani's "Jan Chetna Yatra". This is the second shock for Advani after his Rath Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh. The incident of cash for coverage taking place at Satna town of the state and then the arrest of Yeddyurappa on corruption charges sending him on “Jail Yatra” has blurred BJP's.

As a result of Yeddyurappa's arrest Advani has avoided direct contact with media persons while on the Madhya Pradesh leg of is "Jan Chetna Yatra". The scheduled Press conferences which was to be addressed by Advani were cancelled in Hoshangabad on Sunday and on Monday in Chhindwara with managers of the Yatra putting forth lame excuse that he (Advani) was having sore throat. The sore throat reason was given despite the fact that Advani addressed public meetings on Sunday at Salkanpur, Bhopal and Chhindwara.

Sources claimed BJP is fighting shy of facing the Press to avoid uncomfortable questions on Yeddyurappa. No BJP leader has an answer to the query as to how Advani's sore throat was preventing him from addressing Press conferences when he was speaking at public meetings.

According to the state media in-charge Dr. Hitesh Vajpayee, Advani will not be in a position to talk for long time due to throat infection. He said national spokesman and national general secretary Ravishankar Prasad who is accompanying Advani, where needed, is giving answers to the questions raised by the journalists.

When news persons approached Ravishankar Prasad while the Rath Yatra was on its way to Bhopal on Sunday seeking his reaction to Yeddyurappa arrest in a corruption case, he not only parried the question but attacked Congress on the issue. He accused the Congress of protecting "corrupt leaders" like P. Chidambaram, A. Raja and Sheila Dikshit.

Prasad said: "Congress party's hypocritical approach on corruption is too well known. It shamelessly saves Chidambaram; the prime minister gives a certificate of innocence to Raja, who is now in jail; Mrs. Sheila Dikshit is being saved in the most brazen way after the CAG and Shunglu Committee report".

Meanwhile, political observers feel that cancelling Advani’s Press conferences after Yeddyurappa arrest in a corruption case and not commenting on the incident it clearly shows that by opposing corruption BJP’s road to power is not as easy as the party had thought it to be.

Advani is undoubtedly, is amongst the honest leaders in the country but are all those who are in the party have the same integrity as him. The presence of leaders like Bangaru Laxman, Dilip Singh Judeo and Yeddyurappa in the party makes Advani attack on corruption ineffective.

When crores of rupees is being spent on the "Jan Chetna Yatra", how Advani would justify that only white money was used on it? The BJP would have to answer that no black money is used in the Yatra of Advani, who is hitting hard on black money stashed in foreign banks

(pervezbari@eth.net)



 

 

 

 

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