Congress leader Digvijaya Singh ‘s tweets Monday about possible links between Narendra Modi’s teleconference with party workers in Bihar and blasts in the Mahabodhi temple triggered angry response from the BJP which said that his remarks were “nonsensical” and “bizarre”.
Digvijay Singh asked if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s teleconference with Bihar BJP cadres had any connection with the serial bomb blasts in the Mahabodhi temple.
“Amit Shah (BJP general secretary) promises a grand temple at Ayodhya. Modi addresses Bihar BJP workers and asks them to teach Nitish (Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar) a lesson,” Digvijay Singh said on Twitter, adding: “Next day bomb blasts at Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya. Is there a connect? I don’t know.”
While addressing BJP workers Saturday, Modi had said Nitish Kumar would be taught a lesson people for “betraying the mandate of people”.
Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United parted ways with the BJP after Modi was elevated last month as his party’s election campaign chief for the 2014 general elections.
Digvijaya Singh, talking to reporters later, appealed to the BJP to allow the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to complete the investigation into the 10 serial blasts.
“After the unfortunate blasts at Bodh Gaya, Ravi Shankar Prasad of the BJP targeted the Nitish Kumar government, of which they were a part of a few days ago. The BJP also raised a Muslim angle, quoting Delhi Police and saying that the Pune blast (German Bakery blast of 2010) suspect did a recce at Mahabodi,” he said.
“BJP also gave statements linking the persecution of Muslims in Myanmar to this incident. They are clearly targeting Muslims and I want to say to all that for god’s sake, let the NIA complete the investigation,” he said.