The place is also of significance as the birthplace of Jayaprakash Narayan. With the Opposition party determined to cash in on the governance deficit the UPA is displaying, the focus of the yatra is the crores of black money stashed abroad.
Moving away from a two decade old tradition, this time around Advani will kickstart his yatra from Bihar. All his earlier yatras had flagged off from Gujarat. But the simmering tiff between Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Advani have caused a divide in the BJP. Advani warming up to Bihar Chief Minister is also highlighted with Nitish flagging off the yatra from Chhapra today.
A JD(U) leader has been quoted as saying on the yatra, "it will have the signature of CM Nitish Kumar in its tone and tenor." There are another rumours doing the rounds that the new power couple, Advani and Nitish Kumar's proximity is also fostered to curb the growing influence Modi is enjoying within the party.
Along with other BJP leaders, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley will also accompany Advani during his 38-day yatra.