The 84-year-old veteran leader of Indian politics, who flag off his rally in Bihar on Oct 11, has been on the road for 38-days covering well over 7000 Kms.
However, He clarified that his sixth nationwide yatra was not concerning projecting himself as a prime ministerial candidate. “No, this is not about me becoming Prime Minister. It’s about the party, about BJP” he said.
He maintained that the whole idea of his Jan Chetna Yatra was to build support for his former supporter Sudheendra Kulkarni and other BJP MPs, lately bailed out in the cash-for-votes scam, and also focuses on the corruption in the UPA regime. The question on Advani’s real motive still remains.
“For a person who is supposedly no 1 in the political hierarchy of the UPA what shocks and astounds me is that Sonia Gandhi’s not known to many in the country. Few even know what are her views on various issues,” said Advani.
Congress leaders, during Advani’s yatra, have said that he went ahead with the nation-wide rally for himself and not for the BJP or the country.
Several BJP leaders like Uma Bharti and Rajnath Singh have overtly asked for Advani to stay in the Prime Minister candidate from BJP. That is something that hasn’t gone down with other prime ministerial hopefuls Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jailtley and Narendra Modi.
According to the sources, Modi refused to sit next to Advani when the yatra was in Gujarat, a reply from the Gujarat Chief Minister maybe who had to cut a sorry figure as Advani praised his arch rival Nitish Kumar on his own home sod.
Advani’s yatra, which had its fair share of controversies from cash distribution of journalists in Madhya Pradesh to Advani reaching Karnataka at the time when former CM BS Yeddyurappa was in Jail. It seemed these episodes, weak the very purpose with which it all began.