Yeddyurappa arrest fallout: Advani avoids direct media contact
Monday October 17, 2011 07:08:15 PM,
Pervez Bari, ummid.com
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
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
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
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
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