Thursday’s serial blasts across Assam have, as usual, triggered a blame game among politicians of different hues — the Congress being the common target.
While the local BJP leaders’ bid to nail the Congress Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, over the blasts was nipped on Thursday, the decibels increased after senior leader LK Advani visited the blast sites in the city and blamed the Central and Assam governments for their soft approach.
Not far behind were CPI-M leaders Brinda Karat and Basudeb Acharya, who came down to take stock of the situation. They indicated the terrorists were enjoying a free run in the country, as the UPA government was reluctant to hold discussions on the earlier terror strikes in Parliament.
“A strong step against terrorism and any move on POTA-like laws require intense discussions in Parliament. But the UPA government does not seem to be interested,” said Karat.
Acharya said, “The situation has worsened because of the government’s lethargy.”
Local leaders were no less vocal. Asom Gana Parishad president Chandra Mohan Patowary said, “It has become quite apparent that the Tarun Gogoi government is trying to protect jihadis by constantly attacking the ULFA, which denied any role in the blasts. Silence on jihadis is a dangerous trend.”
Patowary also said the killing of seven HuJI men last month in Dhubri district near the India-Bangladesh border was indication enough of the role of the jihadis in violence in the state.
The state government’s official spokesman and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, however, denied that the Congress-led government was soft towards jihadis. He said, “Let the investigations provide a clear picture before anybody jumps the gun.”
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who was almost mobbed by irate people in Kokrajhar earlier in the day, said the Centre has asked all the state governments to take the strongest measures against terror outfits.