Sunday, November 3, 2013

Why didn\'t Narendra Modi visit Muzaffarnagar? asks Congress

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's visit to Patna on Saturday has miffed Congress.

Terming Modi\'s visit to Patna to meet the victims of the serial blasts as \'purely political\', Alvi asked the Gujarat CM why he did not meet the victims of Muzaffarnagar where over 60 people died in communal clashes last month.

"Did Narendra Modi really go there to sympathise with the victims of Patna blasts? Why didn't he go to Muzaffarnagar? He is not even talking about Muzaffarnagar. This is purely politics and nothing else. People of this country are aware that Modi's Patna visit is political. And this kind of politics is very unfortunate," he said.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid took a jibe at Modi, asking why he did not meet the victims immediately after the Patna serial blasts on October 27.

"He is meeting after such a long time after the incident occurred. Why didn't them immediately? Now he is remembering them," he said.

The BJP\'s prime ministerial candidate on Saturday said he met the families of those killed in the blasts, to share \"their pain and agony\".

\"I visited and met the families of the people killed in the serial blasts to share their pain and agony,\" Modi told mediapersons here before leaving for Gujarat after ending his two-day visit to Bihar.

Six people were killed and more than 80 injured when half-a-dozen bombs exploded in Patna on Sunday morning, most of them in and around the sprawling Gandhi Maidan where Modi later addressed a huge rally.

Most of those killed and injured were activists or supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Modi said innocent people were killed. He praised the people of Bihar for their patience after the explosions and lauded them for maintaining peace and harmony.

Modi arrived in Patna late Friday and spent his night at the state guest house, which was virtually turned into a fortress. Senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav was among those who accompanied Modi.

Modi also handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of each blast victim.

The BJP had Friday attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the blasts, saying he did not have time to visit the families of the victims.

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