Advani and Uma to go to Somnath together

Written by Political Bureau | Rajkot | Updated: Sep 25 2010, 05:38am hrs
Ahead of the visit of BJP leader LK Advani along with Uma Bharti to mark the anniversary of his Rath Yatra to Ayodhya, security has been stepped up at the Somnath temple at Prabhas Patan town in Junagadh district. Speculation is rife about Bhartis presence alongwith Advani, hinting at her return back to the party fold.

Party sources said Advani and Bharti are expected to arrive at Keshod airport in Junagadh district this evening from where they will leave for Somnath. Senior party leaders Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu are also expected. They will offer prayers at the temple on Saturday morning.

Advani embarked on his Rath Yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1990. The yatra, which commenced on September 25 1990, later led to the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 at Ayodhya.

Ever since, Advani has been visiting the temple on this date anniversary every year. Security arrangements at the Somnath temple have been further beefed up; over 260 policemen have been deployed.

The Allahabad High Court was slated to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya title suits today, but the Supreme Court has deferred it by a week. Advani had earlier stated that he would give his opinion on the verdict from Somnath.