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Advani's yatra to reach State on March 10

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THRISSUR, MARCH 4 . The Bharat Uday Yatra being launched by the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, will reach the State on March 10.

This was announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State general secretary, P.K. Krishnadas, at a press conference here on Thursday.

A reception will be accorded to the yatra in Thiruvananthapuram (at 4-30 p.m.), Kottarakkara (6 p.m.) and Chengannur (7-30 p.m.), on March 10, and at Kottayam (8-30 a.m.), Moovattupuzha (10 a.m.), Angamaly (11-30 a.m.), Thrissur (12 noon) and Palakkad (3 p.m.), on March 11.

Mr. Advani will address a meeting at each venue for about 15 minutes.

Mr. Krishnadas claimed that the yatra would usher in sweeping changes in State politics. "The BJP hopes to do well in all the Lok Sabha seats in the State." He said the diatribes of the Left parties, Congress and the IUML against the Yatra were "undemocratic and baseless". "The BJP has the constitutional right to campaign," he said.

Mr. Krishnadas countered the criticism that the yatra would trigger communal problems.

"No yatra taken out by Mr. Advani has sparked communal clashes," the BJP State general secretary said.

Mr. Krishnadas alleged that the Left parties and the Congress were hoodwinking the people by "posing as opponents at the State-level while staying together at the Centre". "The support of the Congress to the Left candidate at Nagercoil was an instance of political dishonesty," he said.

The list of BJP candidates in the Lok Sabha elections would be ready by March 15, Mr. Krishnadas said. P.S. Sreeraman, BJP district president, was also present at the press meet.

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