Veteran communist leader Jyoti Basu on Wednesday said that intelligence failure had led to the Malegaon blasts in Maharashtra that claimed 38 lives.
"There was failure of intelligence," Basu said of the Malegaon blasts just outside a mosque immediately after Friday prayers last week.
"We must take lessons from the blast and be careful here too (West Bengal). It can happen here also," he said as he emerged out of the politburo meeting of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) that concluded in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Basu, who proposed to resign from the politburo owing to old age and failing health, was asked to continue by the party. CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat at a press conference also made it clear that the 93-year-old doyen of Indian communism was indispensable for the party.
Basu said he was unhappy with the performance of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre his party supports.
"I am not quite satisfied," he said to a query on the performance of UPA.