2013 Patna bombings
On 27 October 2013, a series of bomb blasts rocked the Indian city of Patna, Bihar at a massive election rally for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Of the estimated 300,000 participants at the "Hunkar" rally, six people were killed and 85 others were injured in eight bomb blasts.
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- On 27 October 2013, Narendra Modi, who was BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate at that time, was scheduled to address a rally in Patna. Hardly five minutes had passed since he had started his speech when eight blasts jolted the city. One of the low-intensity bombs exploded at the venue of the rally itself. Six people died and over hundred were injured in the synchronised explosions. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said after the blasts, ‘What a coincidence blast at the Patna Railway on the day of Modi’s Rally! The challenge to Nitish Govt to find the culprit!’ Manmohan Singh was prompt in condemning the incident and asked Nitish Kumar to ensure a speedy inquiry. The IM was again found to be at its root. Only Digvijay Singh can tell what he meant by these statements. But his remarks have time and again played politics over the sensitive issue of terrorism. He has been the most vocal among all politicians to rake up the issue of saffron terrorism. He was even seen disseminating ‘secret’ information to journalists on many occasions. The 2014 election verdict proved that his remarks had no effect on the masses and had inadvertently helped the anti-India forces sitting across the border.
- Tiwari, D. P., (2019). The great indian conspiracy. London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.