THE historic Gandhi Maidan of Patna again created history—both for good reasons and for evil designs of anti-nationals. Gandhi Maidan has witnessed many turns in the history. Mahatma Gandhi and JP created history here. Emerged from this ground the JP movement led to the formation of first non-Congress government at the Centre in 1977. This time BJP’s Prime Ministrial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a rally with similar enthusiasm and gathering.
People witnessed such a huge gathering after a long gap. More than four lakh people turned to listen Modi. This excludes the people of Patna who were forced to stay inside their houses due to serial blasts carried out prior to the rally. This is the first public rally which was targeted by serial blasts. Seven persons were killed and more than 90 injured in these blasts. Amidst the explosions at Railway Station and the Gandhi Maidan, Modi addressed the rally with full vigour.
Five more bombs were recovered from Gandhi Maidan on October 29, inflicting huge embarrassment on Bihar Police, which had claimed to have sanitised the sprawling ground after Indian Mujahideen’s attack the Modi rally on October 27. It was calculated that IM operatives were carrying 18 bombs including seven, which went off during the BJP’s rally. Four IEDs were recovered during the rally, while two were seized and defused by NSG the same day and five on two days later.
The bombs were recovered from a spot right across the headquarters of the city police, which is under attack for leaving gaping holes in the security cover of Modi, who is already in the hit list of terror outfits. In a recent twit Modi said, “People’s blessings are the strongest suraksha kavach. Till these blessings are there this journey of awakening the nation will continue.”
Addressing the mammoth gathering Modi strongly condemned backstabbing and opportunist politicians, dynastic rulers and leaders of dark ages. He said, “Gandhi’s satyagrah was to ensure British free India. This Gandhi Maidan should vow to make for a Congress-free India.” He emphasised that the success of NDA government in the state was mainly due to the hard work of BJP Ministers. They registered the growth in crucial departments. Hindus and Muslims don’t need to fight each other. They need to fight poverty jointly. He added, “Those who talk of Muslims forget that while the full quota for Haj is availed in Gujarat because Muslims are more prosperous and earn well, while 1000 quotas for pilgrims go vacant in Bihar, where they talk of caring for them the most.”
RSS condemns the blast
RSS strongly condemned the serial blasts in Patna. “The RSS is shocked to hear about the series of bomb blasts that took place in Patna. We see it as a blatant attempt to terrorise and scare nationalist forces. We strongly condemn this heinous attempt and expresses the confidence that the spirit and resolve of nationalist forces will remain undented despite such cowardly terrorising acts. This justifies our resolution adopted at the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari mandal meeting indicating our grave concern about the growing jehadi activities in the country,” said RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Dr Manmohan Vaidya in Kochi on October 27.
Amidst blasts Shinde enjoys music
IT is only in India that we will find a Home Minister who is incharge of internal security, having a gala time at a music function, when there was a series of bomb blasts/terror attack in the country, which claimed six lives and injured more than 90 people. How irresponsible and insensitive can a Home Minister be? In 2008, it was the Congress party’s Shivraj Patil who behaved this way and now in 2013 it is Sushil Kumar Shinde of the same party who is indulging in dereliction of duty. As usual, the corrupt, inept and unethical Congress party’s ministers are brazenly justifying his participation in the music function.