New Delhi: BJP today condemned the blasts in
Varanasi and accused the Union Home Ministry of adopting a
"casual" approach towards terror acts.
"He (P Chidambaram) is the most casual and confused Home
Minister of the country. For quite sometime, every two months
serious terrorist acts are taking place and the Home Minister
always adopts a casual approach," BJP Vice-President Mukhtar
Abbas Naqvi told reporters.
He said even on December 6, which marks the anniversary
of Babri Masjid demolition, a routine advisory was sent from
the Union Home Ministry.
"This time also, no specific advisory was sent to the
state for December 6. And if the Home Ministry had sent a
specific advisory, then what happened today in Varanasi is a
failure of the state," Naqvi alleged.
Another senior BJP leader and MP from Varanasi Murli
Manohar Joshi charged the incident shows the police and
security in the city had become lax and that terrorist outfits
have again become active in the state.
"Terrorist outfits have once again become active in
Uttar Pradesh and I have discussed this with the District
Magistrate and Commissioner (of Varanasi) that they should
take immediate steps and strengthen the security at the
ghats," Joshi said.
He claimed the timing of the blasts seems to have been
chosen by the culprits with the intention to inflict maximum
damage as a large number of foreigners visit the city during
these months and in the evenings during Ganga aarti the
crowd is "quite significant".
"It appears the police had also become lax and security
was, I must say, out of gear. And this is the situation in the
whole state where security arrangements are not being looked
into," he said.
Joshi, however, ruled out that the blast timing had
anything to do with Babri Masjid demolition anniversary. "No,
it was not the purpose. It took place when the aarti was
going on. It was the motive...," he said.