North East exodus: BJP slams govt for intelligence failure
New Delhi: A day after India blamed Pakistan for rumours and SMSes that forced thousands of northeast citizens to flee other states, the BJP on Sunday slammed the government for intelligence failure.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha also slammed Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who has claimed he always suspected foreign hand in the incidents. Sinha questioned Gogoi's inaction.
"The Assam Chief Minister said he always felt there is Pakistan's hand in the incidents. A Congress chief minister is saying this, it's clearly an intelligence failure," Sinha said.
"It was a social media aggression unleashed by Pakistan and the government could not do anything.
"Instead, when there was an exodus from so many states, the Home Minister questioned only the Karnataka Chief Minister," Sinha said.
Home Secretary RK Singh Saturday said 76 websites with morphed images of Assam and Myanmar violence had been identified for the panic run and that the bulk of these were uploaded in Pakistan.
The government has imposed a 15-day ban on bulk SMSs and MMSs to counter rumours of imminent attacks on northeastern people living in other states to avenge the clashes between Bodo tribals and Muslims in Assam.
Thousands from the northeast fled this week Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The panic has now subsided.