New Delhi, July 28: The BJP today almost suggested that the Centre had organised the Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts to divert attention from the cash-for-votes scandal.
There is something called circumstantial evidence. Two BJP-ruled states have been targeted within four days of government winning the trust vote, senior leader Sushma Swaraj said.
Asked if she was pointing a finger at the Centre, she retorted that she said what she wanted to and it was for the government to understand.
The allegations are bound to pound the Oppositions already-frayed relations with the Centre to a new low.
Sushma, speaking not during a party meeting but at a news conference, said there was a conspiracy to divert attention from the cash-for-vote scandal. The UPA is worried the Muslims are angry because of the pro-US nuclear deal. Now Muslims are being frightened by these blasts so that they return to the UPA.
Sushma said the truth about the blasts will come out in a few days but, as her remarks suggested, couldnt wait until then to make such allegations, which come after the BJPs assurances that it would extend all co-operation to the government in fighting terror.
The partys charge that the UPA regime is soft towards terror isnt new
However, Sushmas remarks are said to have surprised even some BJP leaders, who expressed disbelief that such charges had been made at a formal news conference.
Congress hits back
The Congress hit back, accusing the BJP of trying to make political capital of the blasts.
It is always a fact that after such incidents, the BJP takes political advantage. We have never used them. Any party which likes to divide the polity of the country gains an advantage in such situations, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said.
Singh, who said the BJP was in a bind after losing the trust vote in Parliament, added: The timing of the blasts in uncanny. In Karnataka, there was a blast at Hubli after the first phase of elections, followed by the Jaipur blasts before the third phase. And then came the blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad after the trust vote.
Singh blamed L.K. Advani for vitiating the atmosphere. Before 1990, there were no incidents of blasts outside of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the Northeast. But after Advanis rath yatra and the communal campaign that followed, these incidents started all over India.