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Ahmedabad blasts: Cong, BJP in war of words

Congress party asked the Gujarat CM to take responsibility for the security lapse and the BJP accused the Centre of not doing enough to contain terrorism.Helpline no: 079- 256301006900.See map of the blasts sites

delhi Updated: Jul 27, 2008 23:43 IST

Congress and BJP were locked in a war of words over the Ahmedabad serial blasts with the party heading UPA asking Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to take responsibility for the security lapse and the saffron party accusing the Centre of not doing enough to contain terrorism.

The two partie also clashed over whether existing laws were enough to tackle terror with senior BJP leader L K Advani saying the laws were ineffective to deal with the problem and Congress General Secretary Rajiv Shukla disagreeing with that view.

Shukla said "Modi used to say that everything is fine in his state and he had the highest security in place to fight terrorism. In spite of his tall claims, serail blast ripped Ahmedabad which was on high alert at that time. It is high time that Modi take moral resposibility for the security lapse".

"Vilasrao Deshmukh took moral responsibility of the local train blast. Then, why is Modi critisising the Centre for giving vague intelligance reports or warnings? Intelligence warnings cannot state the exact date, time and place of attack," Shukla, who was in Ahmedabad, said.

Advani, who also visited Ahmedabad, said the central government needs to change its attitude towards terrorism.

"There should be zero tolerence against terrorism. But we are not seeing zero tolerence policy on the side of UPA government as there is an attempt to delay conviction of a person involved in Parliament attack case," Advani said without naming Afzal Guru.