Blast-ravaged Guwahati targets politicians

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Guwahati, Oct 31 (UNI) The pent up anger of the common people of the Assam Capital ravaged by yesterday's serial blasts, found an outlet on the numerous politicians making the customary round of visits to the blast-affected sites and hospitals today.

BJP's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani got a taste of the public ire this morning when he visited Ganeshguri Chariali and the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court. Hundreds of angry protestors shouted slogans as the state BJP leadership had a harrowing time managing the rowdy crowd.

Similar was the fate of AGP leader Biraj Sharma. Despite being a three-time Guwahati MLA and a popular figure, the mob vented its anger on him too when he had gone to visit the blast sites.

Yesterday, BJP national vice-president Bijoya Chakravarty was also not spared.

The main grudge of the masses was the alleged inaction of the state government to take on the terrorists. Several of the common people alleged that the Congress was trying to protect the 'Jehadi' elements for vote bank politics.

Such was the ferocity of the public anger against the party that till now no Congressmen had dared to visit the blast sites. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi cancelled his visit to Ganeshguri at the last minute although his office is barely a kilometere from the blast site.

Last night, mobs destroyed hoardings displaying pictures of the Chief Minister and tore them to shreds.

The situation had become so tense that the authorities clamped curfew in the Ganeshguri area of the city and fired in air as the mobs started attacking the policemen.

Later, speaking to newspersons, Mr Advani said he could gauge the anger of the people. ''But I urge them not to resort to violence.

Rather they use the democratic process of voting to unseat the Congress from power,'' he said.

The anger of the mobs was particularly targeted at Assam government spokesperson and Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma.

As the people were desperately searching for their near and dear ones among the charred victims, the emotional outburst further fuelled unrest among the mobs.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's frantic appeals for calm and announcement of ex-gratia for the injured and next of kin of the deceased utterly failed to provide solace to the shattered city.


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