Advani's yatra dilemma

With Yeddyurappa in jail, BJP leader LK Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra will now take a detour skipping Bengaluru, while targetting the coastal parts of the state

Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa's stint in jail seems to be proving an embarassment for the BJP central leadership. This after State BJP President Eshwarappa had earlier stated that it would not hamper LK Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra to the state.

Advani has decided to skip Bengaluru and though no reasons were provided, it is apparent that Yeddyurappa and three other BJP former ministers being in jail, not to mention charges against others like Home Minister Ashok, has made the political situation too awkward for Advani's visit.

However, he will continue with his yatra against corruption as scheduled in the coastal parts of the state on October 31.

Besides Yeddyurappa, three other former ministers -- mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, Katta Subramanaya Naidu and S N Krishnaiah Shetty -- are also in jail. Of them, Reddy is lodged in Andhra jail.

In addition, a court decision on Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani is to be delivered on October 24, in a case of 'land grab'.

Advani's yatra is scheduled to reach Dakshina Kannada district on October 30 from Kasargod in neighbouring Kerala.

He was to fly to Bengaluru from Dakshina Kannada's main town Mangalore, about 350 km away, to address a public meeting in the evening.

Now he will continue the yatra by addressing meetings in Mangalore and several other places on the west coast on October 31. He will travel to Goa the same day, according to sources.

Advani has often expressed his displeasure over the way the party has been running its government in Karnataka, which it once hailed as the gateway to rule southern India. In another development, the RSS for the first time on Saturday publicly acknowledged that it was embarrassed about the arrest of Yeddyurappa, who is a staunch RSS man.

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