Taking potshots at External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid for defending Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s presence at a Bollywood event hours after the Patna blasts, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad on Tuesday said UPA ministers are least interested in internal security and give prominence to scams that are taking place.
“What else do you expect from Salman Khurshid who loves Chinese food, who wants to live in China? Why should he be interested in what is happening as far as internal security is concerned? He is happy where the Home Minister does ‘nach gaana’ and he likes China,” said Azad.
“So, don’t expect from this government, don’t expect from its ministers, because for them what is more important is the coal scam, what is more important is the 2G scam, what is more important is the CWG scam, earn as much as you can, because, you are going to be out of power anyway,” he added.
Azad also criticised the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government for not taking firm steps despite having proper intelligence information prior to Sunday’s blasts.
“I think this shows how officials are really tackling the issue as far as Bihar is concerned. And, it shows how ignorant the chief minister is, that he was not even given the letter that came from IB on the 23rd of October regarding the blast that took place,” said Azad.
“There were no metal detectors, there was no bomb disposal squad and all you had were officials sitting there,” he added.
Khurshid had earlier on Monday voiced his support for Shinde, saying he had a life beyond Patna.
“What happened in Patna was obviously sad. Lives are lost because somebody is playing an awful kind of politics,” he told media in New Delhi.
On Sunday morning, several low-intensity blasts ripped through Patna just before BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a massive rally. Most of those explosions were in and around Gandhi Maidan, the rally venue.
Shinde, who has charge of the country's law and order, spent nearly an hour that evening at the music launch of Bollywood film ‘Rajjo’ posing for photographs with the actors.
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.