press trust of india
New Delhi, 7 July
The BJP and other Opposition parties today accused the Centre and the Bihar government of failing to take steps to avert the terror strike at the Mahabodhi temple despite specific warnings of intelligence agencies.
“It is a serious issue that the central agencies had warned about the attack and given specific inputs and still no proper arrangements were made (by the state government). The central government must also take responsibility to avoid such attacks,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here.
“The central intelligence agencies had conveyed that in view of whatever was happening in Myanmar, terrorists would attempt something in Bodhgaya temple,” he said.
The BJP leader said it was a serious issue that the terrorists have chosen to attack the temple of Buddha who gave the world the message of peace.
“The BJP condemns the terror attacks in Bodhgaya. We demand that the Centre and the state governments should take steps so that such incidents should not be repeated,” Mr Javadekar said, adding that adequate steps should be taken by the authorities at other Buddhist circuit shrines.
Attacking the Nitish Kumar government, LJP supremo Ramvilas Paswan said the blasts reflect the failure of the state government to have acted in time to avert the strike.
“The blasts took place even after alerts were given by the Government of India. The responsibility lies with the Chief Minister and the state and this has damaged Bihar’s image internationally,” he said.
Strongly condemning the attack, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said when IB had issued prior warnings of possible attack on the temple, then the onus lay with the state government.
“They will have to take responsibility for this. Let the investigation happen and truth come out in the open and the elements responsible should be thoroughly investigated,” he said.
Mr Yadav said the incident had brought disrepute to the state on the global stage as internationally people would feel “the temple has not been adequately protected. It is a matter which warrants a probe.”
He sought to know from the Chief Minister as to what security arrangements had been made for the temple.
BJP MP from Gaya Hari Manjhi said the government machinery in the area had failed to take steps on the intelligence warnings and reports in this regard.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo was today shocked and dismayed by the news of the serial explosions in the internationally renowned Mahabodhi temple.
“President Rajapaksa was shocked and dismayed by the news,” Presidential Media Coordinator Wijayananda Herath said.
The official said the President had spoken to the chief incumbent of the Mahabodhi temple and also directed both the External Affairs ministry and the High Commission in Delhi to probe and report to him.
Earlier in the year, the offices of the Mahabodhi Society, the administrative body associated with Bodh Gaya based in the city Chennai, had come under attack by suspected Tamil
elements.