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Rajnath, Jaitley visit Bodh Gaya blast sites

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bodh Gaya, July 10, 2013
First Published: 01:19 IST(10/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:21 IST(10/7/2013)

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday attacked the Congress-led UPA government for failing to fight the twin challenges of terrorism and Maoism with firm conviction. He blamed the Centre for misusing investigating agencies, which could affect much-needed coordination among them.


“The country needs a comprehensive action plan to face the new challenges of terrorism, including those from biological and chemical weapons, cyber attacks, but unfortunately the Centre has failed to do so. On the issue of terrorism and Naxalism (Maoism), the BJP has no political difference with the government,” he said.

Singh was speaking after visiting the Mahabodhi Temple, where serial blasts took place on Sunday, along with leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, deputy leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad and party leaders from Bihar. They saw the spots where the bombs exploded and offered prayers. They later went to the hospital to meet the two injured monks.

Condemning the attack, Singh said the BJP would expect a detailed inquiry with full coordination among the different investigating agencies. “We expect the Centre to act firmly but it has instead brought two apex agencies, the IB and CBI, face-to-face in its own interest. Misuse of investigating agencies should stop. It should not have happened as it lowers the morale of the agencies,” he said.

Shinde visit today

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde visit to Bodhgaya along with home secretary Anil Goswami and other officials on Wednesday. Shinde is expected to meet the injured monks and hold a security review meeting with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to take stock of measures taken for the security of the temple complex. Bihar Police and NIA investigators are likely to brief Shinde about the progress of the probe.

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