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In an attempt to dispel the perception that it is "hiding" its scandal-hit president, the BJP Friday said Nitin Gadkari will lead a protest march to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence on November 21.
This came a day after its announcement that he will be leading a protest against corruption and inflation in distant Arunachal Pradesh took everyone by surprise. Party colleagues Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and Venkaiah Naidu will be leading protests in capitals like Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad.
Interestingly, the announcement of the modification in Gadkari's programme came from its Delhi unit chief Vijender Gupta and not from 11, Ashoka Road — the party headquarters. Sources close to Gadkari said he will travel to Itanagar after attending the rally here and will attend party programmes both in Arunachal and Tripura.
They also insisted that his trip to the Northeast had been planned much in advance while the November 21 protest action on the eve of Parliament's Winter Session was finalised only recently. Nevertheless, Friday's amendment in Gadkari's protest plans is being seen as a damage control exercise in the wake of the negative publicity Thursday's announcement drew.
"The BJP will march to the PM's house under the leadership of Nitin Gadkari," Vijender Gupta said. The march will start from Jantar Mantar and will include senior leaders such as Rajnath Singh, V K Malhotra and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Gadkari will address party workers, Gupta said.
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