Advani 'Sankalp Yatra' under Fidayeen threat

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New Delhi, Feb 5: Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K.Advani may cancel his planned election-related rallies this month after the Union Home Ministry warned him of possible fidayeen attack.

Last month, intelligence agencies had warned BJP president Rajnath Singh that he is being targetted by Pakistan-based terrorists, which led the Centre to ask the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in Uttar Pradesh to beef up his security. Keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu today said the party would organise a nationwide ''Sankalp Yatra'' to highlight the 'failures' of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

Advani is to undertake a 'Sankalp Yatra' over the next 15 months, with the first one scheduled for Wednesday in Jabalpur. Both Advani and Singh have Special Protection Group and Z+ security with National Security Guard cover.

''The country is passing through a phase of instability and confusing politics because of Congress misrule and the people are unhappy with the functioning of the government. They want a change of guard,'' Mr Naidu told newspersons here.

The BJP has maintained that the UPA Government at the Centre does not having a clear policy to fight terrorism in the country. It has repeatedly called on the Congress-led ruling coalition to introduce stringent laws to deal with the menace.

He said the UPA's position at the Centre was ''directionless and helpless'' as it was not able to take major decisions because of opposition from its alliance partners.

''The Congress does not know how to run the coalition government and its alliance partners like the BSP, SP, NCP and PMK are maintaining distances from the government,'' he observed.

Asked to comment on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackery's remarks against the Hindi-speaking people, Mr Naidu said the BJP had already condemned it.


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