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BJP cancels twin yatras
May 04, 2006 09:21 IST
Last Updated: May 04, 2006 09:47 IST
The Bhartiya Janata Party on Thursday cancelled the twin yatras of party president Rajnath Singh and senior leader Lal Kishenchand Advani following the death of its general secretary Pramod Mahajan.
"The 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra' (of Rajnath Singh) will not proceed from Amritsar. It has been cancelled," BJP national secretary and incharge of Rajnath's yatra Vijay Goel told PTI on phone from Mumbai.
Advani has also decided to cancel the ongoing yatra and it will not proceed from Dausa in Rajasthan, sources close to him said.
However, a formal announcement in this regard is expected to be made later in the day, the sources added.
Rajnath's yatra was scheduled to reach Delhi on May 10 along with the simultaneous yatra undertaken by Advani.
Rajnath had begun his 5,000 km-long yatra from Bhubaneswar on April 6 while Advani started from Rajkot on the same day.
The twin yatras, announced by Advani in the wake of the serial bomb blasts in Varanasi, was aimed at exposing the United Progressive Alliance government's alleged failures on internal, external, energy and food security and its alleged "minority appeasement policies".