Blasts salvaged flop Modi rally: Nitish

Sushil Modi said the Bihar CM was trying to escape responsibility for the “security lapses”.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: November 12, 2013 3:54:22 am

The ongoing war of wo-rds between Nitish Kumar and BJP leaders over “security lapses” during the October 27 Narendra Modi rally at Gandhi Maidan in Pat-na intensified Monday,with the Bihar CM saying the blasts salvaged the “otherwise flop” public gathering.

“Aatankwadiyon ne unki sahayata ki,rally to flop tha (Terrorists helped the BJP,otherwise the rally was a flop),” he said. Nitish said had the blasts not taken place,several BJP leaders would have been pulled up. “After all,they spent so much on the rally,” he said.

Former deputy chief minister and BJP legislature party leader Sushil Kumar Modi retaliated by calling Nitish a “maut ka saudagar” for not ensuring the security of the people who attended the rally.

Responding to media queries during his weekly ‘janta darbar’,Nitish also criticised Narendra Modi for his recent visit to the families of victims of the Patna attack that killed six people and injured over 90,asking why the Gujarat Chief Minister did not bother to meet families of the 2008 Ahmedabad blast before the Prime Minister did. He also questioned the Rs 5 lakh given by the BJP to the families of the Patna blasts victims,saying it was an afterthought to match the state government compensation. Nitish deflected the BJP criticism that the JD(U) was soft in dealing with terrorism.

Sushil Modi said the Bihar CM was trying to escape responsibility for the “security lapses” and demanded his resignation. He said a woman DSP in Bihar had failed to answer a query by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on rally day if there was an evacuation plan in place.

Nitish dismissed the allegation of “security lapses”,saying “we followed protocol”.

Sushil Modi said the CM had not answered queries regarding the state police not installing metal detectors at Gandhi Maidan.

BJP questions nitish ‘mental state’

NEW DELHI: Objecting to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s remarks,BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said,“I can only say that there is a question mark over the mindset… the mental state of Nitish Kumar… the state needs more mental institutes.” Accusing Nitish of insensitivity,she said,“He (Nitish) has given no reaction on the death of six persons in the rally nor expressed happiness that so many lives were saved. By the grace of God,a stampede was averted. Though 15 bombs went off,he has offered no condolences.” ENS

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