No BSY effect; Advani to arrive in Bangalore on Oct 30

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Bangalore, Oct 24: With reports emerging that LK Advani was likely to call off his Bangalore leg of his Jan Chethana Yatra following the insult meted out to the party in the wake of BS Yeddyurappa's arrest, the veteran BJP leader declared in Raipur that his visit to Bangalore will go ahead as planned earlier.

Answering to the question of reporters, Advani stated, "I have no information about my yatra in Bangalore getting cancelled. I will go to Karnataka and also go to Bangalore."

There were earlier claims by party sources who said that the Oct 30 public rally in Bangalore has been cancelled. They had also said that Advani's planned visit to other coastal areas of Karnataka on Oct 31 namely Mangalore, Udupi and Honnavar will go ahead as planned.

The BJP's anti-corruption stand had taken a severe beating following the accusations against former Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa and former minister S N Krishnaiah Setty who were later sent to jail following land scam allegations. There were rumours that the state Karnataka BJP unit had lobbied hard for the national leaders giving the yatra a miss in Bangalore since this could further embarrass the jailed Yeddyurappa. They had also convinced some of the senior party leaders and those from the RSS for the same.

However, it was Ananth Kumar who opposed the idea vehemently and insisted that the yatra arrives in Bangalore as scheduled. Advani also backed the idea by Ananth Kumar and directed the state party unit to carry on with the planning of the yatra as scheduled on Oct 30. In this regard, a meeting has been convened of all BJP MLAs on Monday.

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