The BJP on Saturday alleged that the twin blasts on the Bangalore-Guwahati Express at Chennai Central were aimed at the party’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.

They could also have been carried out to strike fear in the minds of the people during Mr. Modi’s election meeting held in Andhra Pradesh that day, senior BJP leader L. Ganesan told reporters here.

Seeking a probe by the National Investigation Agency, Mr. Ganesan, however, welcomed the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to take the NIA on board in the case. There should be no ego clash between the Centre and the State, and the aim should be to work it out as early as possible.

Mr. Ganesan alleged that Pakistan had chosen Sri Lanka as a base for organising arms training camps for terror outfits and was trying to send militants into India through coastal routes. Sri Lanka was aware of these illegal activities taking place on its soil, but had not acted upon them, he said.

The recent arrest of a Sri Lankan national and suspected ISI operative Zakir Hussain in Chennai strengthened this perception.

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