BJP accuses Nitish of telling `lies` on rally security

The war of words between the former NDA partners continued with BJP accusing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of lying time and again out of `frustration`.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013, 19:36 PM IST

Patna: The war of words between the former NDA partners continued on Tuesday with BJP accusing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of lying time and again out of `frustration` due to the `tremendous success` of the October 27 Hoonkar rally addressed by Narendra Modi.

"Nitish Kumar is speaking lies time and again out of depression and disappointment after the break up of the alliance ... After the tremendous success of the BJP (Hoonkar) rally, Kumar has even defeated Joseph Goebbels in uttering falsehood," senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said in a statement here.

Seeking to pin down Kumar over security arrangements for the October 27 Hoonkar rally at Gandhi Maidan, Modi said "The first lie he (Kumar) spoke is his denial receiving any alert from IB about the terror attack first on October one and specific one regarding such threat to the rally on October 23."

Kumar had yesterday dismissed any lapses on his or the state government part on the day of the rally that witnessed serial blasts which claimed the lives of seven persons here.

Modi said Kumar`s second lie was about adequate security arrangements for the rally. "The CM should reveal the number security personnel deployed for the BJP rally as compared to that during the Adhikar rally organised by JD(U) on November 4, 2012," he said.

In the Adhikar rally over 10,000 policemen were deployed in Gandhi Maidan half of whom were mobilised from other districts and rest half were Patna police and jawans, Sushil Modi, who was the deputy chief minister at that time, said.

For monitoring security in that rally, 60 CCTV cameras, 15 metal detectors and 10 dog squads were in place in Gandhi maidan. Over 70 ambulances were kept ready to meet any emergency situation, he said.

Kumar`s third lie is about the crowd size in BJP rally, Modi said.

"There were more than 7 lakh people in the BJP rally - more than 30,000 from CM`s native Nalanda district itself. The turnout (in Hoonkar Rally) was almost five times more than the turnout in Adhikar rally," he claimed.

Sushil Modi claimed that the big turnout at the Hoonkar Rally was the main reason for Kumar`s `frustration`.

Adhikar Rally was organised by ruling JD(U) while BJP organised its rally when it is in the opposition, he said.

Kumar`s another falsehood is about his sensitivity.

"The CM did not have the courage to visit Patna Medical College Hospital and Gandhi Maidan on October 27 during day time and instead made a trip there in the night ... He visited Gandhi Maidan in the dead of night. I wonder what he saw in the darkness," he said.

Kumar had yesterday said that he saw polythene bags and dirt strewn in Gandhi Maidan and blamed the BJP for not cleaning the grounds before the rally which helped terrorists hide bombs in polythene bags.

"If Kumar is so sensitive why did not he pay a visit to the families of the blast victims?" he asked.

Sushil Modi accused Kumar of hiding facts regarding the arrest of Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal from Raxual in the state in July.

"Isn`t it a truth that a senior officer on way to question Bhatkal was asked to return mid-way from Muzaffarpur? ... The CM should tell the people who called the officer back.”

"Isn`t it also a truth that the Bihar police had refused to take Bhatkal on remand after which NIA had to be called? Wasn`t this done in pursuance of vote bank politics? It is the CM himself who is demoralising Bihar police by stopping them from acting against a terrorist like Bhatkal," he added.