Sushil Kumar Modi, former deputy chief minister of Bihar, said they had come to know about the serial blasts before Narendra Modi arrived on the stage but kept on announcing that they were crackers. Former Union minister Shahnawaz Hussain was also seen assuring the audience during his speech by saying the sounds were caused by the sound of a tyre burst nearby.
The BJP leaders ensured that panic did not spread causing a stampede
Even Modi, the main attraction at the event, advised the people to return home safely at the end of his hour-long speech. None of the leaders uttered anything about blasts in the public nor did they accuse anybody to show that the situation never went out of control.
The BJP handled the situation better perhaps because it is a cadre-based party. The Sangh Parivar is trained in hosting political events attended by several supporters and volunteers of its wing organisations and the BJP leadership, which is familiar to such training, did not choke at the crucial moment.
Six persons were killed, including a suspect, while several were injured in the blasts.