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May 15, 2008 at 01:43am IST

Blame game, politics over Jaipur blasts begin

New Delhi: Twenty-four hours after Jaipur's Terror Tuesday, the politicians' sparring has begun.

Who dunnit is a question which will be debated for some time, but how did it happen — well the politicos are very sure of that answer.

Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje has squarely put the blame on the Government's shoulders.

"The Central Government cannot be absolved of its responsibility," she stated on Wednesday.

To this, Congress Spokesperson Manish Tiwari had said, "There is no question of the Centre not taking its responsibility seriously. The state should act too."

One reason for this tit-for-tat response from the Congress and the BJP is the timing of these blasts.

Rajasthan goes to polls later this year and Karnataka is already in the midst of elections and the BJP wants to harp on the idea of the Centre being weak and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not being capable enough of tackling terrorism.

The BJP is asking for stronger anti-terror laws — like POTA, which was enacted by the NDA and withdrawn by the UPA — to be brought back.

Leader of the Opposition, L K Advani — implicating the Government — said on Wednesday, "The blasts are reflective of the states' inability to preempt these strikes."

However, caught in this political crossfire are questions related to weaknesses within the intelligence gathering mechanism of the country. But, when elections are around, even terror strikes can be converted into politically beneficial issues.

While the BJP is mobilising its minority morcha, the Congress wants the nation to remember that the attack on Parliament took place under a BJP prime minister. The fight is far off from a finish.

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