Patna blasts an attempt to liquidate Modi, other leaders: BJP

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 00:19

New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday alleged the serial blasts at its rally in Patna was an attempt to liquidate the party leadership, including prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

The party demanded the Centre take adequate measures to provide fool-proof security to the leader.

The BJP Parliamentary Board, which met here this evening, took a serious note of the blasts at the Patna rally on October 27 which claimed six lives.

The party accused both the Centre and the Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar of gross negligence, intelligence failure and laxity in providing the requisite security for the event.

"This was an attempt to liquidate the BJP leaders present at the rally. It was an attempt to inflict fatal injuries on the people present at the rally.

Had the leaders and the audience not acted with exemplary restraint, panic and a resultant stampede could not have been avoided," the party said in a statement.

The party has charged that Bihar police refused the protocol of Advance security liaison( ASL) with the Gujarat Police on the "pretext" that the central government had not required this.

Moreover, the rally venue was not sanitised, no anti-sabotage tests were conducted and bombs were carried into the venue by the terrorists freely, it said.

BJP said the terror module involved in the attack had been operating in the region- Bihar and Jharkhand- without any detection and this shows intelligence failure.

"BJP demands that the government take all necessary steps to provide adequate security to Narendra Modi.

"Besides being a chief Minister Modi is the party`s candidate for the office of the Prime Minister. His security is the responsibility of the central government. BJP hopes that the central government will not undermine Modi`s security based on political and collateral considerations," the parliamentary board said.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 00:19

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