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‘Yatra a signal service to the cause of country’s unity’

L K Advani on Sunday signalled that the BJP’s revival of its ideological agenda-integration of Kashmir-as exemplified by the Tiranga Yatra to Srinagar.

Published: January 31, 2011 5:20:44 am

L K Advani on Sunday signalled that the BJP’s revival of its ideological agenda — integration of Kashmir — as exemplified by the Tiranga Yatra to Srinagar would go hand in hand with its attempt to project itself as a forward looking party embracing idioms like good governance and development and fighting against corruption.

The BJP veteran — in one of his blog postings — spoke about the party doing a “signal service” to the cause of the country’s unity and integrity by way of taking out the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra. At the same time,another entry spoke about corruption in UPA-II sullying India’s image and Narendra Modi’s Gujarat being a contrast.

For Advani,as also others in the BJP,Gujarat has always been an example of good governance and development. In fact,Modi has been always accorded a pride of place among chief ministers of the BJP.

Although separately,Advani dealt with both issues — the yatra and the achievements of Modi in Gujarat — in equal measure in his blog which had Congress-bashing as its sub-text.

As far as the yatra is concerned,he said its “gross mishandling” by the government reveals that the Congress has still not abandoned the “distorted thinking” about J &K which made it commit follies in the 1950s.

He pointed out that Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj had to observe Republic Day in the custody of the J&K government,for they were keen to see the Tricolour hoisted in Srinagar in an “area dominated by separatists”. In another blog entry,Advani spoke about rise in food inflation and India coming to be known “among the most corrupt countries of the world”.

Pointing at India slipping to 87th spot in Transparency Corruption Index,he said while the scene at national level was “really depressing”,Gujarat gives a different picture. The state attracted huge investments during the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ conclave recently.

“The achievements in Gujarat have a lot to do with Narendra Bhai’s astounding success in making the state’s administration effectively curb red tape and corruption. It is this success that attracts entrepreneurs,Indian as well as foreign very naturally to Gujarat,” he said.

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