Youth Congress protests against Advani’s yatra2 min read
Udupi: The District Youth Congress led a procession against L.K. Advani’s Jan Chetna Yatra on October 30, from the Ambalpady temple to the Udupi City Bus Stand, covering a distance of about 3.5 km. Advani will be in Udupi on October 31, continuing his nation-wide yatra, that was flagged off from Bihar on October 11.
The procession was attended by hundreds of people who shouted anti-BJP slogans at the corruption-hit Karnataka government, including ex-chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who is currently in Bangalore Central Jail. They asked Advani to stay away from Karnataka (the only state ruled by BJP in South India) and to go to neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Speaking to TMJ, M.A. Gafoor, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Secretary said, “We have full respect for Advaniji. But in a state where many of his ministers are in jail holding corruption charges, what ‘corruption’ speech will he deliver here tomorrow? It is evident that his yatra is politically motivated.”
The protestors carried black flags and banners bearing slogans against BJP leaders involved in various scams. A mock prison with protestors wearing masks of Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders currently in jail was paraded during the rally. “Wearing facemasks was a way of symbolic protest asking questions to the current BJP government,” said Amrith Shenoy, District Youth Congress secretary.
“Mr. Advani has lost credibility and has lost moral right to hold such a yatra in Karnataka, where many of the ministers are in jail and other are in the verge of going to jail. He has been marginalised and been side-lined from his own party. So, this is nothing but an inside party politics to prove his worthiness for the Prime Ministerial candidature,” he added.
The Congress will not hold any protest tomorrow when Advani arrives in Udupi in the afternoon, to avoid any clashes between the parties.
Sub-edited by: Aditya Pillai