Bodh Gaya (Bihar), July 9: BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior leader Arun Jaitley will visit the Mahabodhi temple here on Tuesday, two days after a series of blasts ripped through one of the world's most holy site. Two monks were injured in the blasts.
Singh and Jaitley's visit comes in the wake of a massive political fight which has broken out between various parties over the blasts. While the BJP and RJD have slammed the JD(U) government in Bihar for allegedly overlooking warnings given about the blasts much in advance, the Congress has attacked the BJP, accusing it of politicising the blasts.
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh also sparked off a controversy by linking the blasts with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's asking the Gujarat BJP to "teach Nitish Kumar a lesson" for his 'betrayal'. The JD(U) terminated its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP last month for political reasons.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the other hand, has found a collusion between the BJP and RJD to belittle his administration. The BJP and RJD on Monday also called a strike in the Magadh region where the temple is located while Left student organisation SFI showed protests in Patna.
Every tragedy in India is becoming increasingly politicised. A few days ago, an unprecedented flood situation in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand had seen unprecedented skills of politicisation displayed by various quarters.
Will Singh and Jaitley's visit give birth to a new controversy?