New Delhi: Amidst the controversies surrounding the anti-corruption ‘rath yatra’ of senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has agreed to flag off the march. Nitish accepted the request of BJP President Nitin Gadkari in this regard.

The yatra which is set to start from Sitabdiara- the village of Jayaprakash Narayan in Bihar - on October 11, will cross through National Democratic Alliance-ruled Punjab also where Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would participate in the anti-corruption rally.

Notably, the rath yatra was earlier scheduled to start from Karmsad – the village of Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat. As it has now been shifted to Sitabdiara, the BJP has decided not to invite any BJP chief ministers from other states during the flagging off event in Bihar.

The decision comes in the wake of political differences between Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar.

Apparently, BJP could neither have afforded to invite all chief ministers while leaving Modi, nor was it possible for the party to avoid Nitish Kumar when Advani’s yatra is starting from Bihar.

(JPN/Bureau)