2006 -- Bharat Suraksha Yatra (April 6 to May 10)
In the wake of serious opposition from the RSS and a section of the BJP over his Jinnah remarks, Advani had announced at the Chennai national executive of his party that he would demit office of the party president after presiding over the Silver Jubilee session of BJP in Mumbai in December 2005.
While announcing him as his successor, Advani announced at the Mumbai session that he planned yet another yatra, taking several of his party colleagues by surprise. Initially he had named this as Keta Yatra. But subsequently, it was decided that Advani and the new BJP President Rajnath Singh will undertake two simultaneous yatras to mobilise public opinion against the UPA governmentâs handling of terrorist menace and its allegedly vote bank politics of Muslim appeasement and the yatra was christened as Bharat Suraksha Yatra.
The BJP launched the twin yatras on April 6. While Advani started from Dwaraka in Gujarat, Rajnath Singh started from Jagannath Puri in Orissa and both culminated their yatras in Delhi on May 10. Advaniji covered a distance of 6,000 kms and travel through the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. Rajnath Singh covered a distance of 5,500 kms and travelled through the states of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi.
Image: NDA's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani waves to his supporter during an election campaign rally in Bharatpur.