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Bodhgaya blasts: BJP,RJD bandh calls hit normal life

BJP targets Nitish Kumar,says chief minister busy receiving Congress ministers.

Normal life was severely hit in Bihar’s Gaya district today as BJP and RJD gave separate bandh calls to protest against the state government’s alleged security lapses that led to the terror attack in the Bodhgaya injuring two monks,official sources said.

BJP workers took to the streets from early morning to enforce the dawn-to-dusk bandh forcing shops and business establishments to close down,the sources said.

The temple town of Bodhgaya was particularly hit by the bandh as roads wore a deserted look and shops and business establishments remained shut since morning,they said.

Observing a separate 12-hour bandh in the entire Magadh division,RJD workers were seen stopping movement of vehicles and forcing shopkeepers to shut down shops in Gaya,Jehanabad and adjoining districts,the sources said.

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In Jehanabad,the RJD supporters disrupted train services and raised slogans against the state government for failure to prevent serial blasts in Bodhgaya town yesterday.

There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere due to the bandh called by the RJD and BJP,police sources said.

Nine serial blasts had rocked the Bodhgaya temple town yesterday with the world famous Mahabodhi temple facing the brunt of the terror attack as four blasts took place in its premise.

Two monks were injured in the serial blasts.

RJD national general secretary Ramkripal Yadav said the bandh called in Magadh region was intended to highlight the state government’s “gross negligence” of security arrangements at the Mahabodhi temple and other Buddhist shrines in Bodhgaya.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain had said that IB,Delhi police and Pune blast accused had said the Bodhgaya temple will be attacked by terrorists as a revenge for the attacks on Muslims in Myanmar.

Hussain charged that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was “overloaded” with work as he was handling 18 ministries.

“Moreover,he is busy with protocol everyday as some Union Congress minister visits him. His time is spent in receiving them and having lunch with them.

This is followed by a mutual admiration session,” Hussain said.

BJP alleged that after a visit to the blast site,Kumar should have held a meeting wit h his officials. Instead he met JD(U) leaders.

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“The CM is using his official residence for party work. More than caring for the Janata,he is concerned about saving the Janata Dal,” Hussain said.