BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday attacked the Congress-led UPA government for failing to fight terrorism and naxalism with firm conviction. He blamed the Centre for misusing investigating agencies, which could affect much-needed coordination among them.
A national security guard soldier collects the evidence from the site of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya a day after the serial blasts. (AP Photo)
“The country needs a comprehensive action plan to face the new challenges of terrorism, including those from biological and chemical weapons, cyber attacks, etc. But the Centre has failed to do so,” he said.
He said the BJP was not playing any politics on the issue of terrorism, but the Centre could not just evade its responsibility.
“On the issue of terrorism and naxalism, BJP has no political differences with the government,” he added.
Singh visited Mahabodhi temple along with Arun Jaitley, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha; Ravishankar Prasad, deputy leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha; Nand Kishore Yadav leader of Opposition in the Bihar Vidhan Sabha; and Prem Kumar, former Bihar minister.
The leaders saw the four spots where bombs exploded and also offered prayers. Later, they went to the hospital to meet the injured monks.
Condemning the attack, Singh said the BJP would expect a detailed inquiry into the incident with full coordination among the different investigating agencies.
“We expect the Centre to act firmly, but it has instead brought two apex agencies, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), face to face in its own interest," he said.
"Misuse of investigating agencies should stop. It should not have happened, as it lowers the morale of the agencies,” Singh added.
He said efforts should be made to ensure maximum coordination among the investigating agencies without questioning their motives. “The IB had alerted the Bihar government. But state governments cannot deal with their twin challenges on its own. The Centre needs to take the states into confidence and work out a concrete action plan for this.”
Demanding adequate security for important places such as these, Singh criticised the Centre for failing to protect the monument.
“Mahabodhi temple is an international religious centre and this incident has sent a wrong message. After the alerts, proper security arrangements should have been made here by both the state government and the Centre.”
Jaitley said the Centre was too engrossed with vote-bank politics.
“Terrorism needs to be tackled with firmness, but the government has tagged this as well with vote-bank politics. The government should have taken steps to strengthen the security apparatus in face of the growing threat perception, but that is not the case. There is less concern for security and more for votes,” he said.