“Different political parties had been opposing each other on the basis of policies and ideologies, but there was no history of confrontation at such a level,” Kumar said at a hurriedly called media meet. "Today's blasts indicate a conspiracy. We should remain united at this hour and work together to suppress the elements bent on vitiating the atmosphere in Bihar."
Kumar made two other key points: There was no security lapse and there was no intelligence input about the attack from the state or the central agencies.
The state, he said, had provided adequate security for the rally. "A good number of policemen and security officers were deployed at the venue. I had personally directed senior officers to look into the security aspect around Gandhi Maidan when an abandoned suitcase was found near twin towers," he said.
But the BJP was having none of it.
State BJP president Mangal Pandey said he had met the district magistrate and the police and expressed apprehensions about untoward incidents at the railway station and Gandhi Maidan, but no steps were taken.
Sushil Modi had an extra volley to fire. The state government, he said, had dismissed the first blast as a cracker burst.