No politics in fight against terror: ModiSeptember 14th, 2008 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Sep 14 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said he was not blaming the central government or attempting to politicise Saturday’s serial bombings in Delhi by revealing that he had alerted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about it. “There is no politics in the fight against terrorists. I merely informed the media that I had alerted the prime minister,” Modi told reporters here as he went into the third and final day of the National Executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“The terrorists arrested in Ahmedabad had told investigators that Delhi was the next target and this information was given to the prime minister when I met him in Delhi 10 days back,” he said.
Soon after the five blasts rocked Delhi Saturday evening, killing at least 20 people, Modi told reporters that he had alerted the prime minister and Home Minister Shivraj Patil about possible attacks in the national capital.
BJP prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani also mentioned this point later at a public rally.
“Modi’s alert or warning to the prime minister was not an apprehension but on the basis of sustained investigation by the Gujarat Police and which made him realise it was going to happen in the capital. Modi also told the PM that it was for the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government to pursue the matter,” Advani said.
“The refrain of the UPA government had been to blame the Intelligence Bureau (IB) all along for various blasts. This time, the government can’t even tell that the Delhi blasts took place due to intelligence failure. Our Gujarat chief minister had already forewarned them,” Advani asserted.