Advani's 'rath' to be a modified luxury bus

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New Delhi, Oct 4: Bharatiya Janta Party senior leader LK Advani will use a modified luxury bus as his "rath" for his 'Jan Chetna Yatra' (public awareness journey) against corruption beginning on Oct 11 from Bihar. The bus will be equipped with a sky lift and communication facilities for his 12,000 km journey across 18 states.

"The bus will be equipped with television and computer and it will have place for him to rest and a chamber for party functionaries to sit and interact with him," said BJP secretary Shyam Jaju.

BJP has selected the birth anniversary of Jayprakash Narayan, Oct 11 and his birth place Sitab Diara in Bihar to start the "rath" yatra.

Jaju said that the Jan Chetna Yatra will concentrate on "good governance and clean politics," and pass through 18 states. It will end in Delhi on Nov 20, after covering 12,000 km. The yatra will pass through poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa and will touch Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam.

The yatra will proceed in a convoy of 18 vehicles including an ambulance and security vehicles. A press conference will be organised everyday at 9 am and the yatra will continue from 10 am to 10 pm.

BJP leaders will discuss the issues of 2G spectrum scam, Commonwealth Games scandal, cash-for-votes scam during the yatra, Jaju added.

This will be the sixth such cross-state yatra for Advani. The earlier yatras include Ramrath Yatra, Jansandesh Yatra, Swarna Jayanti Yatra, Bharat Uday Yatra and Bharat Suraksha Yatra.

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