Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan on Monday lashed out at Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for enjoying the music launch of an upcoming film in Mumbai on a day when Patna was rocked by serial blasts.
Anjan also used the occasion to target the ruling Congress Party, saying all their leaders are busy in such things rather than devoting their time on issues of national interest.
“What has the Home Minister to do if the people die and there is a mishap in the country? What has even the government to do? Neither Shinde can say anything nor he is able to speak properly and does not even understand things. He has become quite old and it takes him one minute to speak even a word,” he added.
Shinde was present at the music launch of Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming movie Rajjo in Mumbai last evening. The Home Minister attended this function hours after serial blasts rocked Bihar’s Patna city ahead of BJP’s prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘Hunkar rally’.
At least seven suspects have been detained in connection with Sunday’s serial blasts in Patna in which six people were killed and 83 injured.
While four were nabbed in Patna, three persons were detained in Ranchi on Sunday night.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who ended his party’s alliance with the BJP in August over the latter’s decision to give Modi the starring role in its campaign for the national elections, yesterday said there should be no politics over the blasts.
Kumar, who announced Rs5 lakh as financial assistance for the families of the deceased in the Patna serial blasts, confirmed that there was no intelligence input about the explosions.
“The government will provide financial help of Rs5 lakh to the victims of bomb blast and will provide full medical support to the injured,” Kumar said.
“It is not a security lapse, but, yes, you can say that it was a big challenge for us,” he added.
The Bihar Chief Minister, who condemned the blasts, said that the motive for the blasts was to destabilize the peace of his state, and it was a time for leaders of the country to stand united despite their varying political ideologies.
“Motive behind blasts was to destabilize Bihar. … Some people have conspired to disrupt the peace and tranquility of the state. … Even if we oppose each other in political ideology, we need to remain united to fight these mischievous elements,” he said.
Kumar also said the Bihar Police is confident of gaining pivotal information from the suspect regarding the investigation, and was confident of reaching solid conclusions about the perpetrators soon.
The low intensity blasts rocked Patna between 9.30 am and 12.45 pm on Sunday shortly before Modi’s address to a ‘Hunkar rally’ in Gandhi Maidan.
The Home Ministry has sent NSG and NIA teams to Patna for investigation into the Patna serial bomb blasts.
Six of the bombs went off inside and near Gandhi Maidan, the rally venue. The remaining two blasts took place inside a public convenience complex at Patna Junction.