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Mahabodhi blasts: Fight against terror reduced to vote bank politics


Sumit Pande,CNN-IBN
Jul 08, 2013 at 10:40pm IST

New Delhi: A day after a terror attack hit the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, there is politics over the bombings. Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Monday targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, questioning as to why the BJP leaders were targeting specific groups even before the probe was over. The BJP was quick to hit back, accusing Digvijaya Singh of vote bank politics.

Just hours after the blast on Sunday, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "This must serve a lesson not to do politicking over the issue of intelligence alerts," evoking a sharp reaction from the Congress as its leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted early on Monday morning accusing the BJP of politicising the issue. Digvijaya tweeted, "Amit Shah promises a Grand Temple at Ayodhya. Modi addresses Bihar BJP workers and asks them to teach Nitish a lesson. Next day Bomb Blasts at Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya. Is there a connect?(sic)"

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"Without credible evidence, do not make any statement which can vitiate communal harmony," said Digvijaya Singh. The BJP tried to down play the Digvijaya attack. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said, "It is a concocted story and total illogical thinking of Digvijaya Singh on display."

But Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who recently quit the NDA latched on to BJP's initial reactions on the blasts to hit out both at his former friend and permant foe. The Bihar Chief Minister accused RJD chief Lalu Prasad and the BJP of joining hands against the JD(U). "Some understanding between the BJP and RJD will be internal and some will be visible," said Nitish.

While politicians indulged in blame game, it was the Dalai Lama who sought calm. It's been less than a month since political realignemts in Bihar took place and its manifestation is apparent now in the political positions being taken by parties.

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