Sat, Feb 13, 2010 ,Press Trust Of India
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday attacked the Maharashtra government over the Pune blast, alleging it was engaged in protecting the makers of the film My Name is Khan leaving the terrorists scot free to attack.
"The whole Congress led government and police in Maharashtra were engaged in protecting the interests of the actor, director, producer and distributor of My Name is Khan on the orders of Rahul Gandhi," BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in New Delhi.
He said "this left the terrorists scot-free to attack innocent people in Pune".
BJP spokesman Prakash Jawadekar, who visited the blast site, demanded that Government reconsider the proposed dialogue with Pakistan in the wake of the blast in Pune.
"Terror and talks cannot go together" he said at the blast site.
Jawadekar said the blast in the city was "a terrorist attack" and asked "what is the logic in holding talks".
Congress, however, condemned the statement of the BJP saying it was unfortunate that political parties were trying to take mileage from an unfortunate incident.
"The incident is very unfortunate. Nobody should play politics with with the security system of the country," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said.
He said no political party should make a statement which jeopardises the country's fight against terror.
"This is a time for all of us to stay united. Unfortunately some political parties are trying to take a mileage out of it. This is pathetic," Ahmed said.