Zee Media Bureau
Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will meet Patna blast victims on November 02, party leader Sushil Kumar Modi said on Wednesday.
Six people were killed and 83 injured in the blasts that rocked Patna between 9.30 a.m. and 12.45 pm on Sunday shortly before Modi`s address to a `Hunkar` rally` in Gandhi Maidan.
"Narendra Modi has accepted the request of the state BJP to visit Bihar to meet families of the blast victims, mostly party workers, and the injured, to express his concern for them, despite his busy programme," said former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi.
"Narendra Modi is expected to visit six villages in different districts to meet families of those killed in serial blasts and will also visit the Patna Medical College and Hospital here to meet the seriously injured," another BJP leader said.
Modi will use a helicopter to visit six places - Patna, Nalanda, Begusari, Kaimu, Supaul, Goaplganj to meet families of victims.
After an hour, by which time Modi had reached Patna but not the rally ground, four explosions took place inside the Gandhi Maidan, and two around it that caused a lot of panic.
Earlier, Union Minister Salman Khurshid criticised Narendra Modi for going ahead with the Patna rally despite the blasts.
Criticising Modi for going ahead with the rally, the External Affairs Minister said, "May I ask was the rally suspended? You criticised Shinde for carrying on with life as usual but nobody has asked questions that nothing happened to Modi, he went on with his speech, not a word about the people who died, because it was not in the script or was it in the script that we had not seen?"
The BJP had called the serial blasts in Patna an act of terror, and said it reflected the vulnerability of Indian society.
Demanding a probe into the "criminal negligence" by Bihar Chief Minister in ensuring security for Modi at Sunday`s Patna rally, the BJP yesterday alleged the Gandhi Maidan serial blasts were proof of Nitish Kumar`s failure.
A day after the string of explosions, the state BJP announced that the party would provide Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those killed and also bear the cost of their last rites.
Ashes of the dead would be taken to different parts of the state from their native villages and immersed in the Ganga river in Patna Nov 5.