The serial blasts in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan and railway station, hours before Narendra Modi’s rally, reinforce the need to strengthen security measures in and around the country. With the general election round the corner, political activities are bound to gain momentum. Unscrupulous elements looking to destroy peace will do everything they can to disturb communal harmony. People too should remain vigilant.
The blasts were aimed at disrupting our democratic process and creating a fear psychosis. Fortunately, people did not panic. It is the duty of the security agencies to sanitise an area before a political rally or large gathering takes place.
The run-up to the elections to five State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha is crucial. Besides providing adequate security at rallies and meetings, the government has a duty to make the common man feel safe when he ventures outside his home.
The bomb blasts may be the handiwork of terrorists or other vested interests. But this is certainly not the time for our politicians to jump to conclusions and indulge in mud-slinging. They should sink their differences and condemn the dastardly act in one voice. It is shuddering to imagine the repercussions of a bomb attack on a leader of Narendra Modi’s stature.
M. Somasekhar Prasad,