Congress distances itself from leader’s tweet, BJP furious

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Any terror incident is a matter of concern and should not be seen as political gain, Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said Wednesday shortly after his colleague Shakeel Ahmad kicked up a storm with his remark that the blast near the BJP’s office in Bangalore would help the party in the Karnataka polls.

“Any terror incident is a matter of concern… it is a national and international problem… it is a challenge for the country… it should not be seen as political gain,” Dwivedi told reporters after the blast in Bangalore, in which 16 people were injured.

Earlier in the day, Ahmad said on Twitter: “If the blast near BJP’s office in Bangalore is a terror attack, it will certainly help the BJP politically on the eve of election.” The state assembly elections are to be held May 5.

The Congress distanced itself from Shakeel Ahmad’s tweet, saying the party had nothing to do with it and it was his personal view.

“I have not seen his tweet. What he said is his personal view and the party has nothing to do with it,” added Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh.

Ahmad’s remarks were criticised by the BJP as unwarranted and uncalled for.

“Such remarks are uncalled for and should not have come from a senior Congress leader. The party (Congress) has already accepted defeat in Karnataka,” added BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.

“There should be no politics on such incidents,” BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain added.

Condemning Ahmad’s remarks, BJP president Rajnath Singh said: “Terrorism should not be seen as a political loss or gain.”

Stating that the incident was “unfortunate and condemnable”, he said party leaders were taking stock of the situation.

“I talked to Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar. We are taking stock of the situation,” Rajnath Singh said.

Sixteen people were injured, two of them seriously, in the explosion in crowded residential locality of Malleshwaram in north Bangalore. Many vehicles were gutted but there was no damage to the BJP office in the explosion that was initially believed to be a cylinder blast.

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