India: Politics turns to tragedy at Modi’s Hunkar RallyBy Amarnath Tewary Oct 27, 2013 11:02PM UTC
A series of bomb blast ahead of the BJP’s Hunkar [battle cry] Rally in Bihar Sunday in Patna, India left five people dead and over 70 injured. Five low intensity bombs went off in quick succession but the mammoth crowd refused to budge before BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s speech.
In his speech, Modi slammed his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar for betraying his party BJP and trained his gun towards the Congress party also for unemployment, poverty, fundamentalism and price rises. However, the series of blasts stole much of his limelight.
After the first blast took place at Patna railway platform No 10 at 9.20am and six others went off between 11:40 to 12:45 pm the BJP leaders appeared concerned that the assembled crowd may disperse or there could be a stampede. Some even said the noise was caused by firecrackers.
Soon, the party’s star and PM hopeful Narendra Modi took the stage to a rapturous reception and chants of “NaMo zindabad”.
Modi connected with the crowd by alluding to his unprivileged past.
“Unless the Congress party end the dynastic rule I’ll keep calling him [Rahul Gandhi] a Shahzada, heir prince,” he said.
Meanwhile, the political buzz in the state capital is that the serial blasts might go in favour of the BJP, as if it was found to be the work of a terrorist organizations, Hindu vote share would be polarized in favor of the party. The early leads indicated terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen [IM] had a role in the blasts.
“It’s a matter of polarization of votes and nothing else,” an observer said. Bihar and the neighboring state Uttar Pradesh together constitute a total of 120 key Parliamentary seats ahead of next year’s election.
The Hunkar Rally was always going to be fractions. In the end it turned out to be tragic too. Political scores may have been settled, but it came at the cost of five dead and over 70 injured. Tonight the streets of Patna are packed with BJP supporters and ringing with chants of “NaMo”.
“Such blasts cannot deter leaders like Narendra Modi from becoming the Prime Minister of the country. We’re ready to make many such sacrifices for him,” said BJP supporter Rajesh Pandey, who was present at the rally.