As has been the usual tendencies of Congress to bring down grave terror activities onto petty political levels, hours after bomb blast outside the BJP office in Bangalore, Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad sparked a row by tweeting that the blast will help the BJP during the ensuing Assembly election.
Shakeel Ahmad tweeted:
BJP has strongly reacted to Ahmad’s comment in its Karnataka unit’s tweeter handled.
BJP Karnataka handle tweeted:
At least 16 people, including 11 policemen, were injured in a bomb blast apparently targeting the Karnataka BJP city office ahead of the May five Assembly polls.
Five civilians, including three women, were also injured in the blast, which was described as a “clear act of terror” by Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R Ashok, saying it was targeted at the party workers and its leaders.
“It is a very clear act of terror… It is targeted at the BJP, our senior leaders and workers”, Ashok said. “100 per cent, it is targeted at BJP workers”.
Meanwhile, the Congress distanced itself from Ahmed’s remarks, claiming that the party does not view the problem of terrorism in terms of political benefit or loss.
“We all know terrorism is a national issue or problem. And not only that to some extent an international problem. We do not view the problem in terms of political benefit or loss,” party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.
He said that the problem of terrorism should be a concern for all the citizens and should be faced unitedly.
“Whatever I am saying, I am saying on behalf of the party,” Dwivedi insisted.
(With inputs from agencies)