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Eye on polls, parties trade charges

The Mehrauli blast was it seems another opportunity for city politicians to grab airtime, reports Anuradha Mukherjee.

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2008 01:13 IST
Anuradha Mukherjee

The Mehrauli blast was it seems another opportunity for city politicians to grab airtime. With the Delhi assembly polls due later this year, it was also time to trade charges and blame the ruling party for “its soft stance on terrorism”.

Within two hours of the blasts prominent city politicians like Delhi health minister Yoganand Shastri, Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate Vijay Kumar Malhotra and BJP’s Saket MLA Vijay Jolly, apart from a host of local netas, were at the spot.

Malhotra, who visited Mehrauli almost immediately after the blast, demanded Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil’s head and an early session of Parliament to discuss the security scenario in the country.

“Instead of changing his clothes thrice, he should have taken action like discussing the matter with the public. Instead of doing all that, money is being collected for terrorists, demonstrations are being held for them,” said Malhotra.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who arrived in the capital from an official visit to New York, also headed straight from the airport for the AIIMS trauma centre to visit those injured in the blast. Malhotra and BJP state president Harsh Vardhan also visited the trauma centre.