Advani addresses thousands in Udupi2 min read
Udupi: Lal Krishna Advani, former BJP President and former Deputy Prime Minister, stopped at Udupi to address thousands at Rajangana near the Krishna temple on October 31 as part of hisJan Chetna Yatra. This was the yatras twentieth day.
Denouncing the UPA coalition, Advani said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government is the most corrupt to have come to power and that such a distorted government has never existed before in independent India. “No Congress minister is in jail today. It is alliance ministers like A. Raja (former Telecom Minister) etc. who are in jail. It is evident that the alliance groups are being made the scapegoat while it is evident that everything was done under the supervision of Congress ministers,” he added.
Advani said he was very impressed and honored by the turnout that gathered to listen to him as he has never seen such a big gathering in Udupi. “When I first visited Udupi in 1968, it was only the municipal corporation that was under the BJP but today, from MLAs to MPs, from Zila Panchayat to Gram Panchayat, everything is under BJP governance and even the Chief Minister of Karnataka is from the Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency”, said Advani.
Hitting out at the district Congress who led a protest decrying Advani’s visit yesterday in Udupi, K.S. Eshwarappa, state president of the BJP said, “Instead of waving black flags at us, the Congress should have waved it at the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit who has not shown the courtesy to step down even after being accused of corruption.” Entrenching the position of the Karnataka government against corruption, D.V. Sadanada Gowda, Chief Minister of Karnataka, said, “I will continue my charge with clean governance devoid of corruption following in the footsteps of Advaniji and will step down immediately if ever I am charged with corruption.”
Advani also said that the estimated black money originating from India sums up to 25 lakh crores according to Global Financial Integrity (A US think tank). This is more than the black money originating from all other countries put together in Swiss banks. He demanded that the Prime Minister submit a white paper to Parliament this winter session regarding his failed assurance to bring back the black money which his government had claimed would be brought back within hundred days of his party coming to power in 2009.
The rally was attended by all Senior Karnataka BJP leaders and by Pratibha Advani, daughter of L.K. Advani who has been accompanying him from the beginning of the yatra. A book containing pictures of Advani with various national and international leaders compiled by BJP activist Raghavendra Kini was released by Advani on the occasion.
Sub-edited by Aditya Valiathan Pillai