Bhopal: BJP today termed blasts during its Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi's rally in Patna as an attack on "nationalist" forces by terrorists.
"It was an attack on nationalist forces by terrorists whose main target was our Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi," BJP's General Secretary In-charge of Madhya Pradesh, Anant Kumar told reporters here.
The BJP also blamed Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the major security lapse which led to the blasts during Modi's rally and demanded that the Election Commission take cognisance of it as well as ensure Modi's security.
"The Intelligence Bureau had given prior information to the Bihar government, but it did nothing to ensure security at Gandhi Maidan where Modi had addressed a rally," the BJP leader said.
"Even mandatory steps like a dress rehearsal and advance security liaisoning were not taken by the Bihar government, which was tipped-off about the blasts on October 23 by the Intelligence Bureau," Kumar said.
He alleged that both the Bihar government and the Centre failed to provide security to Modi at Patna and demanded that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh order a high-level probe into the incident as the Indian Mujahideen (IM) has already claimed responsibility for the blasts.
The BJP leader also demanded that the Election Commission ensure Modi's security due to the fact that the party has planned over 100 rallies of it's Prime Ministerial candidate all over the country ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
First Published On : Oct 29, 2013 22:31 IST