BJP cashing in on blast: Chidambaram
Home minister P Chidambaram on Friday lashed out at the BJP for trying to cash in on the Wednesday's Delhi high court blast that killed 13 people. HT reports. Video | Govt, Oppn spar over blast | Video | Not clueless on blast: PCdelhi Updated: Sep 10, 2011 01:53 IST
Home minister P Chidambaram on Friday lashed out at the BJP for trying to cash in on the Wednesday's Delhi high court blast that killed 13 people, saying it was unfortunate the BJP had so quickly given up “whatever pretence of bipartisanship” it showed in Parliament after the blast.
“It is not in the DNA of the BJP to maintain bipartisanship,” Chidambaram told a hurriedly convened press conference to rebut the Opposition’s blame that the government had failed to prevent terror attacks during the last two years.
Chidambaram also reminded the BJP how the Congress, then in the opposition, had stood by the government when Parliament was attacked in 2001. “I don’t remember the Congress holding a press conference to criticise (the government).
Earlier, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said at a press conference along with leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj that it was not enough to talk about having “zero tolerance” towards terrorism.
"Bringing terrorism to zero level is important.” He said the six terror strikes that took place after the November 26 Mumbai terror attacks were still unsolved.
Chidambaram replied: “I think he has forgotten that there are state governments, some of which are being ruled by his own party.”
The home minister said he was “disappointed” that the Karnataka and Varanasi blast cases remained unsolved. “I cannot take responsibility for these cases.”
But Chidambaram’s response did not cap the political slugfest. Jaitley later wondered why he did not see “the anger and sense of urgency” at case after case going unsolved.
To Jaitley’s complaint that there was no actionable intelligence on the blast, Chidambaram said intelligence inputs could not be in the form of an invitation card, listing out the precise date and location of the attack, and needed to be developed further.