As part of the yatra, there was a public gathering at Kora Kendra, Borivali in Mumbai
Geetanjali Minhas | November 8, 2011
Training his guns on prime minister, Manamohan Singh over corruption and rising inflation, Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani said,“corruption and inflation is on the rise but the prime minister’s word is not the last word. The buck does not stop at 7 Race Course Road (PM’s residence) it stops at 10 Janpath (Sonia Gandhi’s residence). Advani was addressing a well attended public gathering at Kora Kendra, Borivali in Mumbai on Friday as part of his 34 day Jan Chetna Yatra. The yatra aims to cover 23 states and four union territories and highlight issues of corruption, rising inflation and black money stashed abroad.
Highlighting the issue of black money lying in Swiss banks Advani said, “according to estimates unaccounted wealth of Rs 25 lakh crore is lying in Swiss banks. If we bring back this money in the country and spend on upliftment of infrastructure of six lakh villages of the country we will have all-round development.
Also present at the rally were Shiv Sena executive president, Udhav Thackarey, RPI Chief, Ram Das Athavale and other BJP leaders like Gopinath Munde, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ramdas Naik. Describing Advani as a man of resolute conviction Udhav said “only Balasaheb Thackarey and L K Advani can give a sense of purpose and direction to the country.”
Announcing his party’s allegiance with the BJP, RPI leaderRam Das Athavale said , “Sena-BJP-RPI alliance will seize power from Congress and its allies in the next polls.”
Pratibha Advani released a music video titled “Ab- Bas” featuring her father LK Advani highlighting issues of corruption and inflation.
Next morning while addressing the media and reiterating the issue of black money lying in Swiss banks Advani said, “it is learnt that three MP’S are being investigated by the Income Tax department in connection with Swiss bank accounts. The PM had said that they would take action within 100 days after being sworn in. What has the government done about it ? We would like to know the full facts.”
Criticising the government , the senior BJP leader said that the present government is similar to communist style government where party president is more important that the prime minister. While speaking on the Lokpal Bill, Advani while expressing his view said that the PM should be in the ambit of law but issues of national security and public order handled by him should be excluded. He also expressed his reservations on Right to Recall on concerns of destabilization of country’s democratic structure.
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