Advani says he will take yatra to Bangalore

RAIPUR : Contrary to speculation that he was cancelling his yatra to Bangalore in the wake of the arrest of B S Yeddyurappa, BJP leader L K Advani today said his visit to the city is on schedule.

“I have no information about my yatra in Bangalore getting cancelled,” Advani said when asked if his plans in Karnataka had changed following the arrest of former BJP Chief Minister Yedduyurappa.

“I will go to Karnataka and also go to Bangalore,” Advani said.

To another question on Yedduurappa, Advani said that he did not want to make further comments on Yedduyurapa except what he had said earlier in Nagpur.

Party sources had yesterday said the October 30 public rally of L K Advani in Bangalore as part of his yatra against corruption has been been cancelled.

However, the sources had said that Advani would visit coastal parts of the state like Mangalore, Udupi and Honnavara on October 31.

The sources had said that BJP decided against holding public meeting in Bangalore apparently in the light of recent developments that have embarrassed the party with former chief minister Yeddyurappa and another former minister S N Krishnaiah Setty sent to jail in cases relating to alleged land scams.

A Lokayukta Court on Thursday directed the Lokayukta police to investigate a private complaint filed against Home Minister R Ashoka, regarding alleged denotification of land in violation of rules.

To a question related to formation of new states, Advani said the BJP was in favour of the formation of Telangana even at the time it was in power.

“If our coalition partner at that time had been in favour of Telangana, the state would have been formed at that time itself,” Advani said referring to TDP which was BJP’s ally in the NDA government and added, “Three states had been created, a fourth one would have been created as well”.

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