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Suraksha Yatra disproved the prophet of doom

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 2: Claiming the simultaneous Bharat Suraksha Yatras of party president Rajnath Singh and senior leader L K Advani to be a huge success, the BJP today said the incident-free campaign had disproved the ''prophets of doom ''that it would create communal tension.

BJP National Secretary Vijay Goel, who is also incharge of the Bharat Suraksha Yatra of Mr Singh, told newspersons that the fact that the 11000 km yatra had approached their last leg without any untoward incidents had shown that the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her partymen were utterly wrong in predicting violence and tension. ''On the other hand, the two BJP leaders had communicated the party's concerns on issues of national security directly and effectively to the common man,'' Mr Goel said.

He said the yatra, which will conclude at Shivaji Park near Raja Garden, will be jointly addressed by Mr Advani and Mr Singh on May 10 and there was a chance that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would also speak there.

Mr Goel said that Mr Advani had covered a distance of 4,700 km covering the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh while Mr Singh had covered a distance of 3,738 km covering a dozen states from Orissa, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, UP, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

He dismissed reports that the BJP had changed its venue to Shivaji Park from Ramlila grounds just to avoid a comparison between the packed rally of expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti very recently at Ramlila maidan. ''We wanted to hold a meeting near the state border and Shivaji Park and it is equally big in terms of accomodating the people on the ground,'' Mr Goel said.


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