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Nitish refutes allegations of 'gross criminal negligence' in Patna blasts

Patna, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 29 October 2013, 08:41 PM

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressed the two days convention of the JD-U party convention in Rajgir on Tuesday.

Addressing the meeting later, Nitish Kumar appeared to take potshots at Modi's "Hunkar rally" in Patna as he said, "Nobody can beat our last year's rally crowd, because that was for Biharis, not for individuals."

He also refuted the BJP's allegations of "gross criminal negligence" by his government in its poor security arrangements for Modi's public gathering on Sunday.

Adopting rebellious attitude against JD-U, senior party leader Shivanand Tiwari praised BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his accomplishments.

He said, "In a way I am a Narendra Modi's admirer. Despite coming from a poor background he rose to such great heights. The rise of Narendra Modi from a tea stall vendor to PM candidate is phenomenal."

Centenarian JD-U MP Ram Sundar Das fainted on stage at the party convention in Rajgir and was rushed to a hospital. Das, who was seated next to JD-U president Sharad Yadav, was taken ill while Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh was speaking at the JD-U's 'Chintan Shivir' on the second and concluding day, sources said.

Noticing Das's health condition, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar rose from his seat and called for an ambulance to take the ailing leader to hospital for treatment, sources said.

On Monday after reviewing the progress made in the probe into the serial blasts at Patna, the Chief Minister left for Rajgir to attend two-day 'Chintan 'Shivir' of the JD(U) during which he outlined his party's political strategies.

Six persons were killed in seven low intensity serial blasts of which six bombs went off in and around the venue of BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi's mega rally at Gandhi Maidan shortly before his address before a huge gathering on Sunday. 

First Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 07:58 AM
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